compaq f557us hard drive question

By elpibebz
Oct 13, 2007
  1. first of all, srry if this doesnt go in this section :eek:

    i've been having this issue since i bought this laptop. the total hard drive space is of 100gb. it has a section of it reserved for recovery files (drive D).
    the thing is, when i open my computer (btw, running on vista), it says:

    Local Disk ( C: ) 66.0 GB free of 86.9 GB

    Presario RP ( D: ) 779 MB free of 6.17

    that would add up to around 93 GB if they were completely free, thus im assuming the other 7 are taking up by the windows. thing is, if i go to remove programs, it says i have 3 GB worth of software in my pc, which would leave 69 GB free, and since i bought this pc, i've only seen up to 72 GB free. Not to mention that the free space gradually decreases, dont know why, maybe updates..

    i know its not really a big deal since i only use it for school, but its the fact that something's wrong with it and i dont know why.
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    have you run a virus scan?
  3. elpibebz

    elpibebz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yeah, i have scans, defragmenter and cleanup running daily.
  4. lamo

    lamo TS Rookie

    you laptop may be has a recovery partition. it's size can be up to 7 GB.
    HDD manufacturers print decimal capacity of the HDD on the top cover label, however, windows XP measures binary capacity of your HDD :) thus, actual HDD size usually smaller than printed on the HDD top cover :)
  5. elpibebz

    elpibebz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i see.

    thank u lamo :grinthumb
  6. aspirulito

    aspirulito TS Rookie Posts: 25

    the answer is that Hard Drive manufacturers take one Mb to be = 1000 Kb, while in computer language ( as computers see it) 1 Mb = 1024 Kb. That will account for your lost 7 Gbs of space.
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