Hard Disc Space

HDD space shows fully occupied automatically for no additional files. As shown in attached screen all folder size around 250GB. But in my computer it shows only 1 GB is free out of 463 GB
Nagesh A SSCCM AdministratorAsked:
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Marwan OsmanCommented:

Download TreeSizeSetup to find what's using the space.> http://www.download3k.com/Install-TreeSize-Free.html

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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
or use scanner. http://www.steffengerlach.de/freeware/
sometimes you need to run it as administrator via the run as function. This way it can scn folders that are not accessible  for the currently logged in user. Folders like System Volume information will not be scanned, even in elevated mode.

But usually a normal elevated scan will show up the folder which consumes the space.

IIRC, Windows right click properties will also ignore hidden and system files when they are invisible in windows explorer, when calculating sizes.
Mr TorturSystem EngineerCommented:
I want to ask a dumb question but sometimes dumber things are too dumb to be find quickly : did you wait enough time on the C properties windows, ini order to let the system calculate all space used? sometimes it could be long, depending of the system, its use, etc...

I don't know about "scanner" from andreas but seems good, I know treesize from mar121mar121 and use it oftenly for years it is a simple and efficient tool, it can help you on this.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you have to run scanner and treesize as an administrator to get valid results
Don ThomsonCommented:
Right mouse click on Computer and click on manage.  Go to the Disk Management to find  other possible hidden partitions.

If you find just a single partition or one that has just a couple of small partitions - It should show you what size the partition really is.

If it shows that the main partition is roughtly what it should be the - Bring up the "Computer"  Right mouse click on the drive in question and go to properties.  Choose the "Tools" tab and check for errors. Either check both boxes and then reboot or uncheck the top box and  check the 2nd box. I suspect that you may  corrupted the Free Space left  calculation for the drive.  Running the checks should fix this
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
When downloading programs I would try to make sure you download from the programmer's web site or through links from their web site - the appropriate download link is https://www.jam-software.de/customers/downloadTrial.php?article_no=80

Odds are there's stuff in your System Volume Information folder.
Sean ReeseExecutive Support ManagerCommented:
You wouldn't by any chance be encrypting the drive with bitlocker would you? If so, until the drive is completely encrypted the drive will show full.
Nagesh A SSCCM AdministratorAuthor Commented:
We are using windows 8.1
1. I tried scanner and treesize setup tool but could not find where exactly the system uses the space
2. I am facing this issue with 5 laptops they were working fine earlier and suddenly it appeared. it started appearing from last one week and some time it varies
3. I do use bit locker but the encryption was completed and was working fine
Can you post a screen shot of disk management please ? Thanks.
i suppose you have enabled "show hidden files and folders" from explorer ?
you can always do a disk cleanup from the disk properties
Don ThomsonCommented:
Is Backup configured on the laptops?
Nagesh A SSCCM AdministratorAuthor Commented:
issue has resolved automatically on next day when user started the computer
Nagesh A SSCCM AdministratorAuthor Commented:
the issue has re-occurred and Windows.edb file is occupying 180 GB in the system


above Microsoft articles explains more about the reason and I yet to try this solution
Let us know when you do.

Personally I don't use indexing. I see no improvement in search speed using it. But that's just me.
Nagesh A SSCCM AdministratorAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for asnagesh's comment #a40768391

for the following reason:

It worked as explained in Microsoft which is attached
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
You wanted to know where the disk space was being used. You found out that it was the .edb indexing file, which you would not have located without the experts suggestions i.e. running treesize free as an administrator. Only after locating this large file were you able to account for missing hard drive space
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