hard drive space disappeared

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 st340014as 40gb...
January 3, 2010 at 15:49:16
Specs: Windows XP
i have a 40 gig hd and only 7 gig of space left yet i can only find 25 gig on drive where are the other 8 gig

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#1
January 3, 2010 at 15:52:35
Do you have a large cache set for your System Restore backups? Those can take up a lot of space - although probably not quite as much as that.

Try running Disk Defragmenter as well. It should free up a fair bit of memory if you haven't used it before and it'll also improve your speed slightly.

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#2
January 3, 2010 at 16:29:14
First, a "40GB" drive will have slightly less space when actually used. Also, it's possible that there is a hide partition that contains the Windows reinstall files. If you go to My Computer, right click on your hard drive, and select Properties, you will see info on the used spaced. What does it show here for the Total Capacity?

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#3
January 3, 2010 at 17:37:46
By default, recyclebin reserves 10% of drive capacity even though the bin itself may be empty. That size can be adjusted by rightclick>properties

As mentioned above, System Restore also reserves 10% drive space for restore points. That can also be adjusted but if you reduce the folder size then there is less room for older restore points. In my opinion that's not necessarily a bad thing. I've never had a use for restore points older than a week.

Hey, look at that. 20% of 40gb = 8gb. How much space were you missing?

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#4
January 3, 2010 at 17:44:06
"i have a 40 gig hd and only 7 gig of space left"

Please update to a larger Hard Drive, it is obviously not big enough for what you need

I'm presently running 500Gig, and most users (these days) have terabyte drives !!


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#5
January 3, 2010 at 18:30:17
"Please update to a larger Hard Drive, it is obviously not big enough for what you need"

Well since he still have 7GB of space left, it obviously is big enough for what he needs.

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#6
January 4, 2010 at 05:57:12
http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...
Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP

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#7
January 4, 2010 at 06:13:19
Hidden system files may account for part of the missing space. A 40GB drive will actually be about 37GB.

Because your computer came with only a 40GB drive I would suspect you may not be able to use a hard drive larger than 137GB.

If you post your system specs we may be able to make that determination for sure.


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#8
January 4, 2010 at 06:50:15
If you run these two tools, you may get a few Gig back:

CCleaner: http://www.ccleaner.com/download/do...
TFC by OldTimer: http://oldtimer.geekstogo.com/TFC.exe


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