Why is the folder size different from the actual contents size?

Hi, I'm running server 2012 standard and after restoring some files from a virtual partition sizes are incorrect in comparison to the files within. For example, (see attached) my F drive contains 23.5 gb of files yet when I view drives (in computer) it indicates only 135 mb of 194gb remains. Not sure where to go on this one.
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Chris FreelundTechAsked:
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nobusCommented:
what's in the sync folder?
you can use treesize to show all files
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
Rynning Treesize Free in Administrator mode will give you all the info of the actual size of your folder/files ...in many time it has "revealed" a lot of "ghosts"
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Andrew LeniartEE Senior Editor & Independent IT ConsultantCommented:
You don't have Acronis or Restore Rx or Deepfreeze or similar running on that drive do you? If so, the explanation could be in this prior question of mine!

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29088372/Windows-7-Pro-Reports-Incorrect-Free-Space-on-C-Drive.html

I eventually found the answer to the problem, hence my asking the question I did above.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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Chris FreelundTechAuthor Commented:
Thanks...Treesize revealed a recycle bin in the F drive and after deleting files to the bin I was down to a single folder. I removed the single folder and formatted the F to regain all 194gb. No luck on the D drive with that process. I'm considering offloading all the files to format D and start over.
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Chris FreelundTechAuthor Commented:
Andrew - YES! Restore RX sat dormant for a month (after testing) until chkdsk /f ran after a power outage restart. Within 2 days we ground to a halt and were baffled as to why. Out of desperation I called RX for support and they cautioned us against running chkdsk on a drive with RX installed (a little late imo). We were able to create a snapshot of the degraded system, restore from a 90 day old snapshot and rebuild the restored snapshot from the most recent. That's when the folder size issues started. It's good to have someone else put words (and a post) to my thoughts!
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Andrew LeniartEE Senior Editor & Independent IT ConsultantCommented:
Hi Chris,

Andrew - YES! Restore RX sat dormant for a month (after testing) until chkdsk /f ran after a power outage restart. Within 2 days we ground to a halt and were baffled as to why.

I suspected as much when I read your question, which is why I sent you to my little witch hunt that it caused. Your issue just sounded too similar to mine, despite the fact that I was on Windows 7 at the time. :)

Uninstalling Restore Rx it will definitely solve the problem, however, be warned it will take about 20 to 30 minutes to uninstall itself as it returns your Hard Drive back to standard NTFS format while removing itself. You should find all your space back and the Free Space issues have gone once it's uninstalled and you've restarted again.

Glad I was able to help some.

Regards, Andrew
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nobusCommented:
and Chris - what was in the sync folder ?
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serialbandCommented:
If you really want to see all the folders, you should just go into the view and uncheck the 2 check boxes that hide "hidden" folders and hide system folders.  That way you can see every folder.  Most people should leave those checked, because they'll do something stupid and delete something important to the system.  If you understand enough not to delete things willy nilly, then go ahead and make them viewable in Explorer.
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Chris FreelundTechAuthor Commented:
Apologies fornthe delay in responding. Andrew,.thank you for the quick and accurate response to my server issue?
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Andrew LeniartEE Senior Editor & Independent IT ConsultantCommented:
You're very welcome Chris, glad I was able to help a little. And thank you for taking the time to close the question.

Regards, Andrew
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