C: drive showin less free space..

July 10, 2009 at 01:39:27
Specs: Windows XP
i chk'd all d files and inside the drive der's so many files tht actually ther's supp to b 11.5 GB free...but it shows tht i hve only 2.4 GB left...wht can i do?? pls help...emptying recycle bin it didn help, scanning for viruses nor scannin fer errors helped....whn i try to defragment it says i need 15% free space...

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July 10, 2009 at 05:48:38
Hi I can help to start with goto to my computer and right click on C drive C:\ Localdisk c and click Properties then click on run Disk Cleanup first of all when in disk cleanup to to the bar saying more options and at the bottom it will say restore points clean that up first that saves a lot of speace then go back to tab Disk cleanup and check all the checkboxes when you have done that click on ok and then yes that clears all other files that are not needed once done go though all your files that are not requird and delete them then when you have done all that go to add and remove programmes in the control pannel and remove any unwanted programmes that you no longer use this saves disk space as well then once you hjave done all that go though all you faverates on the inter and delte them this takes up a lot of disk speace then once you have done that run cmd command prompt by clicking start run and then type cmd then type this command start cookies then delete all the .txt files that are taking up space any more help you need just let me know

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July 10, 2009 at 06:24:25
hey thnx fer tht...the restore points thing cleared up lyk 2 GB....but still der's 7 GB i've no idea wher its gone....anythin else i can do??

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July 10, 2009 at 07:10:33
Ok i get it..So anything that can help me please?

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July 10, 2009 at 08:01:51
try searching the dir files that are the bigest in cmd
type dir and enter then check the bigist files after that type dir/b/ah to check the hidden directoriyes that are big
do the same for C drive by typeing this command cd C:\
then enter then repeat the same commands let us know what ones are the big ones before you delete any incase you delete any that are critical

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July 10, 2009 at 11:05:24
Delete your Temporary Internet Files (Control Panel, Internet Options), and check the setting - you shouldn't need more than say, 50Mb.

There are a couple of other ways space can "disappear" - if you need more help, post back.

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July 10, 2009 at 18:39:57
Hey thanks for all your help. but the real problem was that in the middle of creating a dvd using nero, it was improperly shut down. so its image was left in the temp folder without being deleted which was about 4.4 GB. so i used the software called PerfectDisk to clear up the temp folder and got the free space back.

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July 28, 2009 at 02:13:44
hello.i have same problem with jyothisjohn.i dont know where my free space gone.my c:\ size is 6.0gb ( old ide harddisk ) . the problem is i dont know where are the rest gone.here i post what i have found;

Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 34AC-C319

Directory of C:\

06/21/2009 07:59 PM 0 AUTOEXEC.BAT
06/21/2009 07:48 PM 211 boot.ini
06/21/2009 07:59 PM 0 CONFIG.SYS
06/21/2009 08:11 PM <DIR> Documents and Settings
07/28/2009 01:50 PM 1,207,468,032 hiberfil.sys
06/21/2009 07:59 PM 0 IO.SYS
06/21/2009 07:59 PM 0 MSDOS.SYS
08/07/2004 04:00 AM 47,564 NTDETECT.COM
08/07/2004 04:00 AM 250,032 ntldr
07/28/2009 01:50 PM 1,811,939,328 pagefile.sys
07/28/2009 07:58 AM <DIR> Program Files
06/21/2009 08:15 PM <DIR> RECYCLER
07/28/2009 08:56 AM <DIR> System Volume Information
07/28/2009 01:50 PM <DIR> WINDOWS
9 File(s) 3,019,705,167 bytes
5 Dir(s) 186,814,464 bytes free

anyone can help me to get my free space back ?

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July 28, 2009 at 04:16:03
kimak, start your own thread.


Hard handle to retype.

Your posts are hard to read. Unlike many websites we use proper grammar and punctuation.

Adding up file sizes doesn't account for slack space or the swap file. As was pointed out above there are hidden files that still take space.

Slack space is the difference between the actual file size and the space used on the drive. These two numbers will alrays be different due to wasted cluster space.

If you are using FAT32 on a fair sized partition the slack space can be substantial. Only one file can be written per cluster. So a 1kb file might use a 32kb cluster, when using FAT32 on a large partition. Below is a chart showing default cluster sizes in FAT32 & NTFS.

If you have many small files on a FAT32 partition it can waste much space.

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

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