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Windows Server 2008 R2 hidden and/or missing files, drive misreporting used size

I have a Windows server 2008 R2 OS.
The data drive (E:) is partitioned into a 500GB hard drive (RAID1).
If you right click on the drive and look at the properties it shows 458GB used and 30GB free.
However, if you select all files and folders (yes, even hidden and system files) it only reports about 200GB used.
Ran chkdsk, scandisk, etc. but did not help.
I ran 2 different hard drive utilities to find the hidden files:  Windirstat and Foldersize.
Both of these program report that only 200GB is being used.
I have included screenshots in this attachment

This is driving me crazy.
Windirstat.jpg
data-drive-properties.jpg
chkdsk.jpg
Windows Server 2008Microsoft Server OS

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David

8/22/2022 - Mon
Farhan Kazi

May be that volume contains Volume Shadow Copies. To verify open command line with elevated privileges (Run as Administrator) and apply following command.

VSSAdmin List Shadows

If there will be any shadows it will list all.
To see storage occupied by these shadows apply following command:

VSSAdmin List ShadowStorage

To delete shadow copies use DiskShadow command.

Hope this helps!
steveobryan

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Here is the screen shot from running the commands above.  Doesn't seem to be the issue.  I think shadow copy is disabled.
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shadow-copy-config.png
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Shahnawaz Ahmed

Hello steveobryan,

you might need to use Treesize prefessinonal. Please try that you will get all the information where your free space is going.

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Points should be rewarded equally to all experts who responded.  The user wanted to know what the hidden files were, and all responses revealed techniques to display them.  Asked and answered.