Windows Server 2003 reporting wrong free disk space information

Posted on 2008-11-12
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I have a Windows 2003 server and I have a F: drive that is reporting incorrect free space.  In My computer, it shows 68 GB capacity and only about 200Mb free.  

If I select all the folders on that drive and go to Properties, it only shows  54GB used up.  I ran chkdsk and here's what I get:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>chkdsk f:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is Data.

WARNING!  F parameter not specified.
Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
50409 file records processed.
File verification completed.
361 large file records processed.
0 bad file records processed.
0 EA records processed.
0 reparse records processed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
157528 index entries processed.
Index verification completed.
5 unindexed files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
50409 security descriptors processed.
Security descriptor verification completed.
1636 data files processed.

  71681998 KB total disk space.
  71483304 KB in 34056 files.
     14000 KB in 1638 indexes.
         0 KB in bad sectors.
    118622 KB in use by the system.
     65536 KB occupied by the log file.
     66072 KB available on disk.

      4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
  17920499 total allocation units on disk.
     16518 allocation units available on disk.

I ran it with the /F option but I haven't rebooted my server for it to run.  

1.  I ran Disk cleanup to get rid of temp files, trash, etc.
2.  Disk Quota is not turned on
3.  I read the article on Microsoft's site;en-us;303079
but it didn't help me understand what's happening on the server
Question by:Florescu
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    Well, it looks like the CHKDSK agrees with what you are seeing in My Computer.  Try selecting the F: drive itself and do properties.  If you have some hidden files or folders at the top level. and you don't have the system set to show them to you, you would be missing them in the selection.  If you select the F: drive itself from My Computer and do Properties, I believe that you get everything.

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    I did have the option of "show hidden and system files" checked, I know how to do that.  

    I am getting the same thing when I do the F drive itself, it tells me that it's all used up but that doesn't make sense if you add up all the folders in there.
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    I don't use System Restore on the SBS server.
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    If you've truly got that turned off, then I don't know.  I would say that since the chkdsk and F: drive look show the same number, it's probably correct.  You could also open a CMD prompt and go to the root of C: and just do a DIR command.  My guess is that the amount of free space will probably agree with the the other two.

    You might also double-check to see if the system is doing restore points even though you think you have it off.

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