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Free Space not on Ext. Hard Drive

By Doug ·
I have Norton Ghost 9.0 installed, and I decided to back up my C and D drive (system root and files) and save the backup on my F drive (300 GB) External Hard drive. I set up the backup to be a scheduled incremental backup. I didn't realize that I had to done a base backup and incremental ? which would copy all that I had on Drive C and D which really took up space!

I found later that if I checked the box, which allows only 1 current set of backups, I would had been fine.

I went to the Backup Image Browser and found the reason for the external hard drive to be low on space! I deleted the files not needed, after checking to make sure I didn?t delete anything important.

I manually deleted the backup files via Explorer from my \Backup folder (too big for recycle bin, just deleted) .

I am still showing 53 gig of free space when in fact I should have over 110 gig left!!

How do I RECOVER THE FREE SPACE and totally rid the backups that no longer exist on my external hard drive?

Current System;
Windows XP Professional
3.60 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
2046 Megabytes Installed Memory
TEAC DV-516D [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Doug Aleshire [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0
USB 2.0 Storage Device USB Device [Hard drive] (300.07 GB) -- drive 1

c: (on drive 0) 41.94 GB 8.70 GB free
d: (on drive 0) 78.08 GB 26.95 GB free
f: (on drive 1) 300.07 GB 53 GB free


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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Free Space not on Ext. Ha ...

Format the Drive and perform the backup again.


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by OnTheRopes In reply to Free Space not on Ext. Ha ...

I'm thinking that you have a lot of other data on your external drive that you don't want to lose by reformatting it, right?

Although it's an extra expense, Nortons PartitionMagic is a pretty powerful tool for hard drive management. It should give you a clear idea of what exactly is going on with the drive as well as the ability to fix it.

I had a similar problem with lost space on an external drive, for a different reason and PartitionMagic helped me to resolve it without any lost data.

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