Win XP: HDD size reported wrong

April 2, 2011 at 02:29:41
Specs: Win XP - service pack 2, Pentium 4 2.6 G/Hz, 752MB RAM
Viewing option set as "view hidden files". Total HDD size 20GB. When all files on this HDD is selected and you right click and select properties, the total file size is 7GB, however windows report the space left on the disc as 20MB - Any help/answer?

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April 2, 2011 at 10:42:29
Is the drive configured with just one partition using ALL the disk space, or is there 2 or more partitions? If you open My Computer, right click on C: then click Properties, what is shown for used space, free space & capacity? If all you have is a 20GB drive, the capacity should be about 18.6GB, so don't use 20GB when doing your math.

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April 2, 2011 at 13:28:26
Also, you would have to show protected Operating System files too, which probably amounts for 7G or so, and maybe more if Hibernation is enabled. To get a overview of the disk, fire up the disk management utility.

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