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Where did all my hard drive space go?

When I right click on my C drive, I get the pie chart saying 33.4 GB used. However, when I open up C, and select all the folders in C (including hidden folders) it shows I am only using about 27 GB. So where did those 6 GB go?

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ThePMonkey, Is This Computer Using XP?

In reply to: Where did all my hard drive space go?

If so, you frequently can't read the contents of the System Restore folder. ("System Volume Information" and "System.sav" on XP Home) Even though the folder says "0 bytes", it actually contains a lot of space...maybe 6 GB or more.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Ok, I had a feeling that's where it might be

In reply to: ThePMonkey, Is This Computer Using XP?

I was just checking, because for 6 GB to go dissappearing is very frustrating.

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Actually

In reply to: Ok, I had a feeling that's where it might be

Is this still possible if this computer is brand new? Their shouldn't be that many restore points?

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Yep, It's Possible...If Your Daring And Want To Test It...

In reply to: Actually

..you can temporarily disable System Restore, then restart the computer, then re-enable System Restore again. (RIGHT click on "My Computer" choose "Properties", then click on the "System Restore" tab. Once there, place a CHECK mark in the "Turn Off System Restore" box and click on "Apply", then OK. )BE SURE that the computer is running fine and you've got no problems when you perform the procedure..Temporarily disabling SR will cause all the restore points and backup materials to be eliminated and you'll gain back a lot of space. After you restart the computer, check the amount of space used..See if you gain back most of that spaced. When you've verified the space savings, then re-enable SR again.

Or an easier way is to do the math. Most System Restore settings use 12 % of your hard drive space. For example, 12% of a 40 GB hard drive is 4.8 GB...If your HD is larger 40 GB, then 6 GB for SR is perfectly logical.

Hope this helps.

Grif

Hope this helps.

Grif

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That;s likely

In reply to: Yep, It's Possible...If Your Daring And Want To Test It...

SR is set to use 12% of the space (6412 MB), I was just surprised it filled itself so quickly. Thanks.

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If you are interested.....

In reply to: Actually

...to know where the sizes went, download and install "Folder Size shell Extension". Information and download HERE

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