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Hidden Disk Space, Regained after Formatting, Query: Why ?

by Gatta / November 19, 2006 5:45 PM PST

Hidden Disk Space, Regained after Formatting, Query: Why So ?
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I use OutLook Express, version 5.0 and store all the data on D drive (D:\OutLook). In addition,
by editing the registry, I moved the 2 Address Book files: *.WAB and *.WA~ to this folder,
so as to make the back-operation easier

I started getting error messages on starting the OutLook Express, that it was improperly shutdown and
further the program will not load InBox and the Address Book files .

I decided to Re-Formatt the D dive (a partition). After making a backup on CD and deleting all the
files and folders, I checked the disk status with: CHKDSK.EXE and got the display

Total Space: 23,439,616 bytes

Available Space: 21,144,928 bytes

Total Byte Memory: 655,360


After re-formatting the drive, I ran the CHKDSK command again and the 2nd line was:

Available Space: 23,439,600 bytes ( i.e.: 16 bytes less than the total, vs 2,294,672
bytes short-fall prior to re-formatting)


My Question is: What was the reason that the Available Space was 2,294, 672 bytes less ? Was there
a virus in the Boot Sector ?

Note: The OutLook Express is working fine now.

Thanks


FRANKIE

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Re: unaccounted diskspace
by Kees Bakker / November 19, 2006 6:14 PM PST

Scandisk might have found something to repair (like lost diskspace). But if you didn't run it, and formatted instead, there's nothing left to repair.
Or there were hidden folders you didn't see and didn't delete.

What's your reason to have this on a separate 23 Mb partition? I can't see any advantages at the moment. In fact, it might be a disadvantage if you get a few mails with a large attachment and try to compress the folders. During the compress operation, they use twice the amount of storage, because there are 2 copies.

Kees

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There can not be two folders for OutLook Express Data
by Gatta / November 20, 2006 3:45 PM PST

You seem to imply that I have two folders for OutLook Express Data. One Can not have two
data folders (unless you change the profile and and create a 2nd data folder for other user)

In fact, I don't store any data on C~ drive. It has only the O/S plus softwares. All the data is stored on a 2nd
Hard disk (with two partitions - D for Data and E for static falies, like Softwares, Motherboard Drvers
and Backup, using Stomp - Backup MyPC software). The C~ drive is mis-used by swap files, Internet
downloaded files and has lower useful life. If the C~drive carsh, the Data is not lost. Also, since the
drives are seperate, the viruses don't travel from C to D and E drives. Well, the Junk e-mails' attachments for
OutLook Express can create problems, but I try to delete them with MailWasher Program


Frankie

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Gatta ...
by Kees Bakker / November 20, 2006 4:02 PM PST

I didn't think you had 2 folders for OE data. I know that can't be done. You misunderstood me, I'm afraid.

I'm not so sure about viruses being limited to 1 partition. In fact, most travel across the Internet, and travelling across partitions is even easier.

Thanks for the explanation of your configuration. Nothing wrong with it, of course.

Kees

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It's a little late now
by Bob__B / November 20, 2006 12:38 AM PST

since you have formatted the unit.

In the future.
When looking at space used and the numbers don't add
or things just don't make sense try bring up this tool>Gyula's Navigator...use google.

It will show you what's REALLY there.

Amazing the stuff you can't see using IE.

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