HDD free space Vs used space report incorrect

Hewlett-packard / Hp hdx18 notebook pc
May 15, 2010 at 01:10:04
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 3.067 GHz / 4063 MB
Hello, i have a wierd problem. I have changed the windows settings to show hidden files and I also have it show Windows 7 protected & system files yet my 2nd hard drive doesn't seem to be showing the correct info. It is a 2nd physical drive, NOT a partitioned up single drive.

The drive is a 300GB 2nd internal hard drive (formatted NTFS) in my HP HDX 1800t running Windows 7 Ultimate. If I select all files and hit properties, I show 49G being used. So I should have about 240+ gigs FREE. If I individually add up all the file sizes (properties on each folder) I get 49G being used. Windows "Computer" shows that it has 89.2G FREE of the 298G drive so that means it thinks I am using 208.8G of hard drive space. Disk Management shows it is 298.09GB, Healthy and the primary partition with no other drives or free unallocated space showing.

Like I said, this is the 2nd drive (Drive D:). The OS, Documents, and most other things are on the main drive (Drive C:). The D: drive only has the single partition of 298G.

My computer has 2 identical 300G drives and the first drive is showing its properties correctly.

Do you think that Windows 7 is hiding stuff that, even when I select show all the stuff, is still not visible? I'm thinking of copying over the files I have on it so I can reformat but I don't want to mess-up anything. I left the computer field during XP reign - Vista and Windows 7 are a little different and I don't want to screw something up just because I didn't know something.

Also, the recycle bin is empty and the drive is NOT protected with system restore or any file version backups.

Thanks for any help you can provide!


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May 15, 2010 at 06:01:18
There's the advertised capacity & the actual capacity. A 300GB HDD has approx 279GB of actual capacity.

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May 17, 2010 at 14:38:46
ElanaP - Thanks for the reply. After using the program, I found out that Windows 7 (and probably Vista, but I refused to use that POS) does some wierd stuff with certain files even when I told everything to be visible. On the problem drive there was a folder called "WindowsImageBackup" pulling up the properties on the folder it acts like it is empty. Then when trying to open the folder, I had to give myself permission to view them.

Anyway, to make a long story short(er) I found where the extra disk space went. Great little program by the way. I'll keep it for future use. I don't like how Windows 7 doesn't give the file size info for these image files. Even a dir/s doesn't show these files.

Thanks again for the help!

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