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By omar9981 ·
I keep getting a low disk space warning on a 116 GB partition. When examining the drive it says 116 GB are used but the total sum of all files and folders on the drive isn't even 10 GB. I have checked for viruses and spyware but to no avail. If anyone has had this problem before and knows how to fix it please let me know. Thanks.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Low Disk Space

Check to see that the disk is properly seen by your BIOS.

Also make sure that you don't have one of the old and rather nasty versions of the Minkey virus that liked to create partitions on the drive until it was full.

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by omar9981 In reply to

I did have issues with the BIOS when I tried to install this drive with an older motherboard but now those problems are resolved. the total disk space looks fine. the free disk space is what the problem is. it's a fresh copy of XP (not more than 1.5 months old) and I have not installed enough programs nor put enough files on this new partition to fill up 116 GB. however I did notice that it doesn't keep filling up. after removing a few files I got it back to 775mb free and it is staying there. as for the virus. I have yet to find one with 2 different checkers

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by dmiles In reply to Low Disk Space

Turning off the alert
Turning off the alerts requires you to make changes in the system registry. Start the Registry Editor by selecting Run from the Start menu, typing regedit in the Open text box, and clicking OK. When the Registry Editor opens, navigate through the left pane until you get to:

HKEY CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

In the right pane, look for the value named NoLowDiskSpaceChecks. If the value exists, it's probably set to 0, which is the default value for the key. To change the value, double-click it. You'll then see the Edit String screen. Enter a value of 1 in the Value Data field and click OK.

If the value doesn't exist, you'll need to add it. Select New | DWORD Value from the Edit menu. The new value will appear in the right pane, prompting you for a value name. Type NoLowDiskSpaceChecks and press [Enter]. Make sure you don't separate each word with a space?it's one long variable name.

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by omar9981 In reply to

It's not really an issue of it notifying me when it shouldn't be.. there actually is low disk space. there just shouldn't be low disk space.

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by softcorp.us In reply to Low Disk Space

Presuming you're running Windows XP...

Your drive may actually be full.

When you say "the total sum of all files and folders on the drive isn't even 10 GB", how did you determine that? If you manually selected multiple files and folders and chose "Properties" to compute that, and hidden and system files were hidden, you would not have counted them. For example, the "Recycle Bin" folder would be hidden and not counted via this method.

To show all files and folders, in Windows Explorer, choose Tools->Folder Options. On the View tab, in the "Advanced Settings" box, scroll down and check "Show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files".

Did this help?

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by omar9981 In reply to

I always have hidden files and folders showing. Not the issue.

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by softcorp.us In reply to Low Disk Space

You need to provide some more information about your problem so I can provide more than a "guess". Please reply to the following questions:

1. When you say "the total sum of all files and folders on the drive isn't even 10 GB", how did you determine that?

2. What were the BIOS issues you had with the older motherboard?

3. How did you resolve the BIOS issues you had with the older motherboard?

4. What does Properties report for the DRIVE? Right click on the drive icon and choose Properties:
4.1 "File System"?
4.2 "Used Space"?
4.3 "Free Space"?
4.4 "Capacity"?

5. In Windows Explorer, if you left-click on the drive in the tree on the left side, and then shift-click-drag-select all of the files and folders in the drive on the right side, and then choose "Properties" for them, what does it say?
5.1 "n files, m folders": What are "n" and "m"?
5.2 "Location"?
5.3 "Size"?
5.4 "Size on Disk"?

-----Steve Jackson

CEO
Software Corporation (Softcorp)
http://www.softcorp.us/softclock
Live time of day in cities around the world

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by omar9981 In reply to

1. I determined the total sum of all files and folders by selecting all files (non are hidden) on the partition (using shift+drag) right-clicked and hit properties.
2. The BIOS issues with my old BIOS were that my old BIOS didn't support drives that were 250GB as this one is. I didn't use the drive with that motherboard. Instead I waited till I had purchased my new motherboard and now the BIOS reads the drive correctly.
3. I did not resolve the issues with the old motherboard I simply waited till I had a BIOS that could support the drive.
4. The properties of the drive are as follows: NTFS, Used 115 GB, Free 886 MB, Capacity 116 GB (I have the drive in 2 equal partitions as you can see)
5. The report is: 25,437 files, 1,415 folders, size 9.77 GB, size on disk 9.53 GB.
Obviously something hidden is taking the rest of my space. I just can't seem to find it. And so you don't have to ask.. no the box for 'hide protected operating system files' is not checked. I can see all files and folders.Besides as you well know, windows xp doesn't need 115 GB for it's files :) Thank you for your help.

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by wlbowers In reply to Low Disk Space

Some older machines have a problem with larger drives. See if the board has a bios update.

Make sure you have turned on view hidden files. Some replicators like to make copies of themself as hidden files and fill up your drive.

Try running defrag and see if it agrees the disk is full.

Good Luck Lee

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by omar9981 In reply to

Already tried defrag. I have the newest update to a BIOS that I know supports the drive. The motherboard is only 1 yr old at most. Hidden files and folders including operating system files are showing. thanks for the thoughts but that's not the issue.

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