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Lost disk space

By chow1012
Jan 13, 2005
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  1. I have a hard disk with 3 partitions. Recently I noticed that I was losing a lot of disk space (5-6G). The total disk space used by all folders was must less than the 'Used space' reported by the property of the drive. After I purged the Norton Protected Recycle Bin, I reclaimed the lost space of my D: and E: but not my C:. I have another notebook which had the same symptom. My drive D: has the lost space reclaimed but not the C:. Where were the space used?
    Is there any utility out there which shows the disk space usage, all files and folders and these lost space as well?
     
  2. lordx

    lordx TS Rookie Posts: 52

    Try scanning your disk partitions and fix the errors if any.
     
  3. chow1012

    chow1012 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    How? Using which program?
     
  4. lordx

    lordx TS Rookie Posts: 52

    right click on your partition/properties/tools/check now
     
  5. chow1012

    chow1012 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    Thanks. But there was no error. I have a feeling that it relates to my recent work on huge dvd video files.
     
  6. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 700

    What OS are you running ??
    What DVD burner program are you running??

    XP could be setting aside too much room for system restore...
    or your DVD program might still have the files cached...
    More info.

    patio. :cool:
     
  7. chow1012

    chow1012 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    I am running XP Home and using Nero to burn DVD. When Nero exits would it cleanup its cache? Is there a utility that would display the disk space usage of these hidden files?
     
  8. chow1012

    chow1012 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    I found the problem. I went to Disk Cleanup >> More Options and cleanup the System Restore. The lost space was reclaimed.
     
  9. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 700

    A good idea would be to make a folder for just this purpose...
    I have a Cache folder on F: setup for strictly burning projects...
    That way if Nero forgets or whatever i can easily empty it.
    Set up the folder first and then point Nero to it under Nero tools i believe. For performance i have found this works best when it is on a different partition than the OS.
    Glad to hear you found your lost space...

    patio. :cool:
     
  10. lordx

    lordx TS Rookie Posts: 52

    Set your operating system to show hidden files.....In the future you'll not have this problem.
    Also sometimes delete your temp files
    C:\Documents and Settings\~your name\Local Settings\Temp
     
  11. chow1012

    chow1012 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    Patio, I also used to put my working files in D: or E: and left C: for Windows and other program installations only. However, those data for system restore seems to be hidden somewhere in C:. May be I should check to see if it is configurable.
     
     
  12. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 700

    I'm not aware that you can re-locate system restore files to another location...
    i'll do some checking.

    patio. :cool:
     
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