Solved Two 500GB drives...same data...different free space?

November 15, 2014 at 21:37:50
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, AMD A6-3420M APU 1.50 GHz/4.0 GB Ram
I bought two identical 500GB hard drives for backup of files. I backed up 356GB of data (205,436 files) on both drives.

However, even thought both drives say that all 356GB are on both...the FREE SPACE on the drives is now drastically different. One has 84.3GB of 465 free...and the other has 108GB of 465 free.

How can these two drives now have different amounts of free space? What would cause this??? Thanks in advance.

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November 15, 2014 at 23:52:42
How did you backup the data to the drives? Have you ever deleted anything from either drive?

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November 16, 2014 at 00:13:28
Thanks for the reply, here is some more information...

Both drives are external Seagate 500 GB drives.

They were purchased to backup files on my computer's C drive that contained documents and photographs. I believe in triple redundancy.

I started to copy the data from my C drive using a program suggested to me called TeraCopy. However, there were some errors reported (something to do with some file names being too long) and I cancelled this transfer. I then deleted the files that had been copied over with TeraCopy to that point, and started again. This time, I simply used the "Copy Here" feature provided by Windows and no errors appeared.

After comparing the original C drive files to those on the external drive, the size was the same. The number of folders and files was also the same. It all looked good.

I repeated this process to copy the same C drive files to the other external drive. Once again, the size was the same. The number of folders and files was also the same.

So, everything looked good as far as the data copied. It was all there. But then, when I looked at the "free space" left on the drive, it was vastly different.

Any ideas?

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November 16, 2014 at 00:37:48
✔ Best Answer
When you delete files in Windows they go into the Recycle Bin, rather than being taken off the disk. Until you empty the Recycle Bin they will still appear as used space - hence the reduction in free space - but will automatically be deleted if the space is needed.

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November 16, 2014 at 08:25:09

Thanks so much for your assistance. I did find a perfect solution however. You were correct, there was a "hidden" recycle bin on this drive. Here is how I deleted it!

1) Connected Drive (E:)
2) Clicked on Windows icon (ball) at bottom left
3) Selected "all programs" at bottom
4) Selected "accessories"
5) Selected "command prompt"
6) Typed letter of drive "E:"
7) Typed "attrib -s -h $RECYCLE.BIN"

This makes the INVISIBLE recycle bin VISIBLE when you navigate back to the drive normally. You will see a new folder there called "$RECYCLE.BIN"

8) DELETE the folder called "$RECYCLE.BIN".

9) All of my space is back!!!

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