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Where did my 800 GB go?

by singe8 / February 16, 2013 2:41 AM PST

I bought a new hard drive around 8 months ago. It's a Seagate ST2000DL003 with 2 TB of space. When I right click on the C Drive, it says 1.1 TB are being used, but when I actually go into the hard drive and select everything there (including the hidden and system files), it says I have only used 200 GB. I searched for why this could be happening, and the common answer I got was that my hard drive was being consumed by system restore points. Makes sense, or it would if I had that feature turned on. Even though it doesn't make sense, I did the command for checking your shadow copies, and as I thought, I don't have any, or at least it didn't say I had any.

I am running 64 bit Vista, and have an HP A6757c computer. I have only 1 partition and regularly defrag it. I don't run error check very often, but running it did not help.

What is causing this, and how can I fix it?

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That select everything does not include everything.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2013 3:01 AM PST

How did you get this OS to include the folder I'll name below?

-> System Volume Information

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I didn't
by singe8 / February 16, 2013 5:25 AM PST

Before you said that, I didn't check that folder; well I did, but without access, it said it had 0 bytes of data. I went into the folder and gave myself permission to view the files, and there was generally nothing there. It's only taking up 136 bytes.

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Looks like it's lieing to you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2013 5:41 AM PST
In reply to: I didn't

There are other areas to cover such as the difference of BINARY BYTES versus DECIMAL BYTES. That's about 7% and you are looking for a lot more.

Time to boot any of the LiveCDs such as UBUNTU and explore some more. No install needed.

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by singe8 / February 16, 2013 1:16 PM PST

I could have told you it wasn't right. That's my problem. I've never ran Ubuntu, so that'll be interesting. Some specifics would've been nice, but I guess I'll figure it out.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2013 11:33 PM PST
In reply to: Ok.

Boot the CD, double click or open some file explorer and click around like you do in Windows. Should be up and clicking in about 5 minutes. No tutorial is usually needed.

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Now what?
by singe8 / February 17, 2013 2:09 AM PST
In reply to: Specifics.

I booted up Ubuntu, and System Volume Information was still empty. Ubuntu seems to be better about finding where my space is going, but not by much. If I select everything in the C drive, it says I have taken up more than it did in Windows (it went up to 500 GB before I stopped it, as it was taking a long time). But when I go to each individual folder, nothing seems out of place. My documents has 100GB and my program folders have 100 GB. Windows has around 20 GB and nothing else has more than 1 GB. I checked the disk visualization program that comes with Ubuntu, but it wasn't helpful.

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There's more to research.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2013 6:06 AM PST
In reply to: Now what?

Look up TREESIZE FREE and see what folder is 800GB.

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