Hard drive full but doesnt look to be

By mitch04
Jan 29, 2008
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  1. hi ok i got 111Gb hard drive and my program files say filled up 30gb so that would be all my games then windows is 9gb and there is a folder thats 1.2gb and in users 17gb and thats all I have used and It reckons that I only have 9gb left. I dont know whats going.
    any suggestions what I should do I really dont want to format though.
    thanks
  2. Crosscourt

    Crosscourt Newcomer, in training Posts: 93

    There must be some space on the drive not being utilized but still there.

    Did you partition the drive originally?

    Maybe you need to backtrack.......

    You could use a program like Partition Magic to manipulate the drives contents....
  3. mitch04

    mitch04 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 197

    well I havnt partition anything
  4. Crosscourt

    Crosscourt Newcomer, in training Posts: 93

    Windows reports your drive as being 111gb?
    If your using the whole drive as one then the drive may be having some problems.

    Have you scaned the drive to check its integrity?

    Have you defragged your drive recently?
  5. mitch04

    mitch04 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 197

    Im defragging now and what do you mean by integrity?
  6. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    how about restore partition make of machine
    OEM 's like to put a restore section hidden on system this way they don't have to give you a OS disc
    on the subject you may have to many restore points
    or page file gone nuts
  7. Crosscourt

    Crosscourt Newcomer, in training Posts: 93

    Thats what I was referring to,checking to see that trhe drive isnt having any problems by scanning it mitcho4.
    Samstoned brings up a good point as the system restore space could be quite large on top of any oem info being stored.
  8. NameBrandHuman

    NameBrandHuman Newcomer, in training Posts: 67

    I would have to lean toward system restore.
  9. DJ Vindictive

    DJ Vindictive Newcomer, in training

    I've had the same problem in the past, here's what i did and what you could consider.

    1. Defragment your hardrive
    2. Go to download.com or any download site and look for an adware remover
    3. Run Disk Cleanup
  10. mitch04

    mitch04 TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 197

    k will try that thanks
  11. wez_7

    wez_7 Newcomer, in training

    i have the same problem recently 60 gb has gone missing.... ive added up all my software, games , movies, windows ect....
    It doesnt add up

    is this a virus? and is there a programe i can download to see whats on my hardrive clearly .. or that would sort my problem out ????
    thanks
  12. wez_7

    wez_7 Newcomer, in training

    p.s ive done disk clean-ups, fragmentations, and error checking.... no luck
  13. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TechSpot Maniac Posts: 579

    When you are digging around in the drive looking for whatever is using the space, do you have "Show hidden Folders" on?

    Just open up "My Computer", click on Tools, Folder Options, View and make sure "Show hidden Folders" is ticked.
     
  14. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    did not answer ?? about back up image on drive
    do what FC suggests if you have not
    it will enable you to see the hidden files
    delete all very old restore points again you did not mention doing this
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