C and F: drives showin less free space..

June 30, 2012 at 03:52:14
Specs: Windows 7
I have c, d and f drives. The total size of files and folders in the F drive is 21.6 GB in a 97.9 GB hard disk and should have over 76 GB free. However, when I click on Mycomputer, the F drive shows only 16.1 GB free. I have taken into account hidden folders and files also.

Why is this so, please? I use Windows 7.

Kindly guide me to a solution and oblige.

Thanks you.

JS


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#1
June 30, 2012 at 03:54:21
How much space is in C and D drive.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#2
June 30, 2012 at 05:13:49
What is the total size of the HDD? What are the sizes of each partition?

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#3
June 30, 2012 at 06:39:04
In addition to the above questions, post the file type for each partition. Look in Disk Management for that information if you don't know it.

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#4
June 30, 2012 at 07:26:01
Have you emptied the Recycle Bin ?
If you haven't, the space deleted files take up is not available as free space until you have emptied the Recycle Bin.
......

Is F on an external hard drive ?
If yes, you may need to take addtiuonal steps if emptying the Recycle Bin does not free up more free space on it.

Storage forum: External hard drive has recycle bin--how to access?
http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7588_10...

Scroll down, see the post titled The Correct Solution

Apparently the Recycle Bin's hidden folders on an external hard drive can get detached such that emptying the Recycle Bin does not delete the files in those folders.


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#5
July 2, 2012 at 09:23:23
C: 1.8 GB free out of 48.8 GB
D: 73.6 GB free out of 78.1 GB
F: 16.1 GB free out of 97.9 GB

File size total as per Windows Explorer (including hidden files) is 21.6 GB


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#6
July 2, 2012 at 09:24:49
It is NOT an eternal drive.
The recycle bin is empty

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#7
July 2, 2012 at 09:25:39
I have taken all types including hidden files into account.

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#8
July 2, 2012 at 09:32:41
If F drive is not external then you have 3 partitions (sections) on your hard drive.
They all add up to 224.8GB
You have used 132.6GB
You should have 92.2 left
Which you do (500MB less anyway)

You would of had 92.5/92.2GB if you had one partiton but instead you have 3 so the capacity of the hard drive is split.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#9
July 2, 2012 at 09:50:41
I asked in #3 above what file system you are using on each of the partitions. I assume D is a recovery partition. Your choices would probably be FAT32 or NTFS.

Windows Disk Management will provide the file system in use.


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#10
July 2, 2012 at 09:55:57
Othehill, 78.1GB for a recovery partition is a little to big.

Windows 7 uses NTFS
I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#11
July 2, 2012 at 20:48:17
jay_nar2012

"Windows 7 uses NTFS"

Windows 2000 and up uses the NTFS by default, but....

- if a partition is exactly 32.0 gb (32,768 mb) or less and greater than ~ 2 gb, you can select the FAT32 file system in Windows

- it's not recommended to use the NTFS for partitions 4 gb and smaller

- if a partition is ~ 2 gb or less, you can select the FAT file system in Windows



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#12
July 2, 2012 at 21:24:55
Third party tools can format partitions to FAT32.

Below is a chart showing cluster sizes.

Cluster sizes

for FAT32 are as follows:
512MB to 8,191MB = 4KB
8,192MB to 16,383MB = 8KB
16,384MB to 32,767MB = 16KB
Larger than 32,768MB = 32KB

NTFS - All partitions on a PC = 4KB default

FAT32 can waste lots of space due to the large cluster size.


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