Hard Drive

September 14, 2009 at 12:10:37
Specs: Windows XP, 3.G
Hello,

I have a Dell Inspiron with 320GB hard drive, however my hard drive is only reflecting Free Space: 269GB, Total Size: 283GB and 14.65GB Recovery Drive. Does anyone know how i can accurately check where are the missing GB? I checked each folder individually and nothing comes near the missing 23GB. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks


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#1
September 14, 2009 at 12:21:37
You are calculating the whole thing wrong. The 350 GB HDD in your Dell is partitioned into three partitions- one for the OS, one for the Recovery Program and one for the bootup. Altogether the 350GB comes down to 326GB due to decimal to binary conversion.

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#2
September 14, 2009 at 12:33:45
XpUser,

Thanks for your response. I edited my initial post. Could you please explain it to me with the new figures? Im having a tough time understanding the three partitions. I understand one for OS, one for Recovery but one for boot up? How can i see how much was used for boot up? Also what do you mean by binary to decimal conversion? Thanks for your patience.


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#3
September 14, 2009 at 12:44:53
The "bootup" partition is my version for "EISA Configuration" partition. It is the OEM tattoo that brand the preinstalled Windows. The EISA connfiguration cannot be reproduced to another HDD in the event you replace the original HDD.

For explanation of the decimal to Binary conversion, read the article below.

http://www.pcguide.com/intro/fun/bi...

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#4
September 14, 2009 at 12:47:54
Why doesn't my hard drive show the correct size?

http://articles.networktechs.com/36...

(edit) Oops, overlap.


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#5
September 14, 2009 at 12:51:31
NP aegis1 - it happens all the time & is no big deal :-)

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#6
September 14, 2009 at 12:56:40
XpUser,

Thanks for your explanation. The sites were excellent. How can i determine how much space the boot partition is occupying? How much space does it generally take?


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#7
September 14, 2009 at 13:36:03
XpUser

Did you mean to type 350GB or 320GB?


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#8
September 14, 2009 at 15:31:12
I would think 320 is the correct figure. Calculate 93% (320*.93=297.6G). Subtract the recovery partition 297.6-14.65=282.95G. sounds a lot like the total size of his hard drive. I do not see any problem with the numbers here. Just the usual miscalculation of available space.

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#9
September 15, 2009 at 09:06:10
Terii,

Thank you for the calculation, i think you may be right.


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