Windows Server 2003 and missing disk space
Posted on 2013-06-11
I have an account with a Windows Server 2003 that is running out of disk space yet much of the space in unaccounted for in Windows Explorer making the problem difficult to resolve.
When I right click on the drive icon in My Computer and choose properties I get the following (all of the below numbers are rounded for simplicity):
Total space available on the main hard drive - 434 GB
Total space used - 426 GB
Free space - 7 GB
But if I open up the the drive in Windows Explorer, select all files and folders (yes, I am showing hidden and system files and folders) and choose properties I get:
Size - 131 GB
Size on disk - 131 GB
This is a discrepancy of about 295 GB, which is the majority of the drive.
I ran check disk which showed that my clusters are set to 4096. The numbers from check disk also showed that 426 GB is used (so check disk agrees with the output from the properties of the drive, not from Windows Explorer)
My suspicion is that somehow permissions have been messed up with many of the files and folders on the drive, so even though I logged on as Administrator Windows Explorer isn't showing me everything. I've looked at the security tab of of the drive and Administrator is listed as the owner.
Here's my question, there is an option to "Replace owner on subcontainer and objects". I'm thinking that this may solve my problem, but I am concerned that this may cause other problems. So, might this solve my problem so Windows Explorer's output is correct? Could this cause any other problems on this server?