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Hard drive appears almost full incorrectly

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Hard drive appears almost full incorrectly

evesagan
My Toshiba Satellite A205-S4577 has 150GB hard drive and Vista OS. I have put onto it few regular softwares, some photos, music and videos(totalling about 40GB), downloaded a few things - you know, nothing major. My hard drive has 15GB of free space! How is that possible? Oh, and another interesting thing - yesterday i had 25Gb free - then i cc cleaned it and defragmented it and now it shows 15Gb free.

HELP! short of formatting the drive (which i would really prefer to avoid)what can i do? I don't believe the OS and software is taking up almost 100GB of my hard drive!
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    OldER Mycroft

    Even CCleaner can generate a System Restore point if you check the required box.

    Have you checked how many Hotfix Uninstall routines you still have - these will continue to mount up unless you elect to delete them.

    What are you using to report your harddrive free space? Windows (in ANY of its guises) is infamous at getting the calculations wrong.

    Try this download to see what is occupying what and where:

    http://www.download.com/TreeSize-Free/3000-2248_4-10139400.html

    Run this and wait for the scan of C: (and whatever else you have partitioned) to finish.

    The view can be set to reflect various different views of your hard drive(s).

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    evesagan

    i will try this when i get back home.
    i believe i got rid of the hotfix stuff yesterday, but i will check. yes, you guessed i was using windows to report the space - every time i check it give a different number - just as wrong :)
    thanks for reply - will keep you posted how it proceeds.

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    bincarnato

    Old Mycroft took my first thought. Does your notebook have a recovery partition as well? Oftem the manufacturer will reserve space for the recovery partition and even though it advertises 150GB hard drive, 10GB has the recovery partion on it.

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    evesagan

    thanks for reply - i will check for the recovery partition - even though i can live with 10gb of missing space. But the rest? I guess i should do what Old Mycroft suggested and then continue to pick your brains:)
    will keep you posted.

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    evesagan

    thanks guys! i found the sneaky bastards! thanks to the TreeSize i tracked them all the way to AppData folder - they were Sonic Record Now image files!!!!!! 50GB of them -Wow!

    Thanks a mil!
    Ewelina

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    spike_dweler

    Hey i had the same problem had a 160 GB hard drive only showed as about 30GB free space after installed 40GB of software/games
    i finally got it fixed just go to
    Start>control panel> administrative tools> device manager>disk management> then i think you can format /partition the unallocated space in there, that should be the right path if it is not, i know that the option is in admin tools and the last option is disk management not sure if it is Device manager though but good luck hope ya didnt reformat yet

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    mark.ivanowski

    i HAVE A 230GB HARD DRIVE AND WHEN I CLICK ON MY COMPUTER - IT SHOWS MY C: IN RED COLOR BECAUSE IT IS FULL. I DRILL DOWN SELCTING SHOW HIDEN FILES AND I GET BACK JUST 23GB OF USAGE. WHAT IS GOING ON?

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    OldER Mycroft

    You'd have your answer.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Even CCleaner can generate a System Restore point if you check the required box.

    Have you checked how many Hotfix Uninstall routines you still have - these will continue to mount up unless you elect to delete them.

    What are you using to report your harddrive free space? Windows (in ANY of its guises) is infamous at getting the calculations wrong.

    Try this download to see what is occupying what and where:

    http://www.download.com/TreeSize-Free/3000-2248_4-10139400.html

    Run this and wait for the scan of C: (and whatever else you have partitioned) to finish.

    The view can be set to reflect various different views of your hard drive(s).

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    evesagan

    i will try this when i get back home.
    i believe i got rid of the hotfix stuff yesterday, but i will check. yes, you guessed i was using windows to report the space - every time i check it give a different number - just as wrong :)
    thanks for reply - will keep you posted how it proceeds.

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    bincarnato

    Old Mycroft took my first thought. Does your notebook have a recovery partition as well? Oftem the manufacturer will reserve space for the recovery partition and even though it advertises 150GB hard drive, 10GB has the recovery partion on it.

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    evesagan

    thanks for reply - i will check for the recovery partition - even though i can live with 10gb of missing space. But the rest? I guess i should do what Old Mycroft suggested and then continue to pick your brains:)
    will keep you posted.

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    evesagan

    thanks guys! i found the sneaky bastards! thanks to the TreeSize i tracked them all the way to AppData folder - they were Sonic Record Now image files!!!!!! 50GB of them -Wow!

    Thanks a mil!
    Ewelina

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    spike_dweler

    Hey i had the same problem had a 160 GB hard drive only showed as about 30GB free space after installed 40GB of software/games
    i finally got it fixed just go to
    Start>control panel> administrative tools> device manager>disk management> then i think you can format /partition the unallocated space in there, that should be the right path if it is not, i know that the option is in admin tools and the last option is disk management not sure if it is Device manager though but good luck hope ya didnt reformat yet

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    mark.ivanowski

    i HAVE A 230GB HARD DRIVE AND WHEN I CLICK ON MY COMPUTER - IT SHOWS MY C: IN RED COLOR BECAUSE IT IS FULL. I DRILL DOWN SELCTING SHOW HIDEN FILES AND I GET BACK JUST 23GB OF USAGE. WHAT IS GOING ON?

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    OldER Mycroft

    You'd have your answer.