100GB disk space missing on HDD

March 3, 2011 at 14:30:36
Specs: Windows 7, c2d/4gb
I have a 500 gb hdd NTFS win 7. in explorer it says im using 407 out of 465 in the hard drive properties. When I open the hard drive and highlight all the directories an files I come up with 309 gb. so you see 100 gb is missing. I tried to show hidden files and folders, but that didnt do anything. I ran Seqouia view and found 19 gb total in four c:\RECYCLER\### #### ##### directories. I go to explore it and it only brings up my current win 7 recycle bin, not my four old vista ones. Okay I just ran SeqouiaView again and the four directories aren't coming up anymore. I have a 250 drive with linux on it, maybe that will help me see.

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March 3, 2011 at 16:50:22
post the results of a chkdsk for review

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March 3, 2011 at 23:16:36
Ok, I ran a chkdsk, it reported 380,000 files. It ran for over two hours I left it running and I went to school. when I got back home my desktop was showing, do you know where I can the results? and thank you for replying.

Okay I put in a live unbuntu cd and I found the folder System Volume Information 93 gb. the chkdsk log file is in this volume. live Linux demo couldnt open the file though. Also I moved that RECYCLER folder to the trash, as well as Windows.old\$Recycle.Bin and I emptied the trash.

So whats up with this System Volume Information folder, Do I really need it? Is is ok to delete it?

Okay, I ran vssadmin from an elavated cmd. I resized the max from 14% to 900MB. now instead of SVI taking up 93 gb it is now 1.9gb. Sweet!

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March 4, 2011 at 12:02:53
System Volume information folder is where Windows stores all of the System Restore points. You cannot just delete it as it is a windows protected folder. If you wish to empty this folder just turn off system restore. You can run with system restore disabled as long as you have another means of backup for your system I would recommend imaging your drive to an external drive and leave system restore disabled.

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March 4, 2011 at 20:50:46
If this is a desktop and you are filling up your hard drive, spend $40. to $60. for a second internal hard drive, install, partition, and format. Then move most of your personal files over to the new and probably larger hard drive and you will not worry about turning off system restore (it can be very useful if/when you need it).
If this is a laptop, get an external hard drive and move off the hard drive older files, pictures, music you do not need access to full time.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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