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Partition on VM taking up more space than it should

I've got Exchange 2010 sitting on a VMWare VM. The database partition is on E: and the OS is on C: I also had to place the pagefile.sys on the E: for different reasons. The problem is that windows is reporting that I am using up a lot more space on E: than what the actual contents are. Any ideas as to what the problem could be?
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RickEpnetCommented:
Have you looked at the showcopy in Windows?
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tfgeorgeAuthor Commented:
No, what is it and what will it do?
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RickEpnetCommented:
Sorry Shadow Copy.
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tfgeorgeAuthor Commented:
yes, it lists 3 things and they are all disabled
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RickEpnetCommented:
Right click on the E drive and click configure Shadow Copy
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RickEpnetCommented:
Is the only thing that is on the E drive the Exchange database?
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tfgeorgeAuthor Commented:
ok, I did that and all 3 items listed are disabled, although 31904 MB are being used on E:\
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RickEpnetCommented:
When you right click on the folders of the E drive and click on properties how much does it show being used vs what the drive shows being used.
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tfgeorgeAuthor Commented:
The properties of E:\ show it using 227 GB, the drive as it appears in "Computer" shows the same.
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avilovCommented:
how many files are on that drive? if you have huge number of small sized files they will take more space on HD then sum of their sizes

also if you run a tool like treesize, you'll be able to see where all that space is allocated. That tool can show space alloacated, file sizes and file numbers

http://download.cnet.com/TreeSize-Free/3000-2248_4-10139400.html
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Danny McDanielClinical Systems AnalystCommented:
did you go to Tools | Folder Options within the Explorer window and under the View Tab, then uncheck the box to 'hide protected operating system files"?
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tfgeorgeAuthor Commented:
danm66 when I show hidden files their is a System Volume Information folder that takes up 27 GB this must be the problem.
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