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0 bytes free of 5.00 GB Error!

by bluecow42 / July 26, 2014 12:05 PM PDT

Hi I went crazy and recently uninstalled something and now I have a harddrive error which results in me not being able to add anything to my HDD. CHKDSK does not work also. Please assist. System restore unfortunately is not an option.

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what windows? XP?
by James Denison / July 26, 2014 1:41 PM PDT

32 or 64 bit? No files over 4GB on XP and 32 bit windows allowed. You could try a Linux Live DVD, boot and then open it's file manager and since it does many extra file functions than windows, it might be able to remove that 5GB file.

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This is the Windows 8 forum
by Jimmy Greystone / July 26, 2014 11:55 PM PDT
In reply to: what windows? XP?

This is the Windows 8 forum, so take a leap of faith.

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That 5GB is a clue it might not be Windows 8 at all.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2014 2:19 AM PDT

And anyone that would try to use Windows 8 on a 5GB system disk would learn quickly what a PITA that is.

Most folk would just gather around to watch the disaster unfold.

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Could also be
by Jimmy Greystone / July 27, 2014 3:18 AM PDT

Could also be that the person accidentally added a decimal point and meant to say 500GB or we're talking about some really low end tablet with say 8GB of internal storage that's partitioned off so only 5GB is usable by the user. For better or worse, part of the aim with 8.1 Update 1 was to reduce the disk and memory requirements to let Windows 8 run on even lower end tablet hardware. Good for those of running it on a computer, probably not so much for people who are drawn in by the low sticker price and don't bother checking the rest of the details about the hardware.

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So it's like mystery meat instead.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2014 4:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Could also be

You first J.

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In the words of Carlin
by Jimmy Greystone / July 27, 2014 11:49 PM PDT

In the words of Carlin: It could be meat... It could be cake. It looks like some kind of... Meat cake!

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Re: disk full
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 27, 2014 4:41 AM PDT

Although I agree with what has been said above (5.00 GB being a very unlike partition size for a Windows 8 system), with system restore not only not being an option, but unlikely to help also, the next step is a refresh and if that dosn't help a reset, as explained in

If none of the three help, you have to go back to the latest image you made. If you don't have that, or it doesn't work, it's likely to be a hardware issue. Then you find a repair shop to fix it.


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