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By will_mansell ·
Dell Opti-Plex GXa system with 4 GB SCSI hard disk. The system physically has 2.3 GB worth of data on it. However disk administrator shows 3.99 GB. The systyem is actuallly running low on disk space, according to Event Viewer.


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by Gregory Pleau In reply to Drive space reported inco ...

Manufacturers have routinely 'rounded up' hard drive sizes to sell better. It is quite likely that the drive is a 3.99 GB drive with a "4.0 GB" sticker on it.

Also, the definition of a megabyte/gigabyte differs if they count a megabyte as 1024KB or as 1000KB.

As for the system running low on disk space, what does the drive properties report for disk space free?

Have you run chkdsk lately? The drive could be full of unusable files.

How are you paritioned? Dell used to be partition happy around the time 4 GB drives were sold - your system partition could be full while you have an empty d: drive

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by will_mansell In reply to Drive space reported inco ...

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by will_mansell In reply to Drive space reported inco ...

Sorry maybe you misunderstood:


Drive is 4.0 Gb or 3.99, whatever, one single partition.

Actually drivespace occupied by files =2.1GB.

Explorer, chkdsk,Event Viewer etc. report disk is 99% full.

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by guidos In reply to Drive space reported inco ...

If you have a Temp directory, it's conceivable it's full of unnecessary files...also try emptying your Recycle Bin...
just a thought. Something else: do you have any trouble trying to save anything to your HDD, i.e., "out of disk space" errors?

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