Question about my hard drive.

By wibtr
Jul 17, 2007
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  1. So I have a 40gb hard drive.(I know it's lame.) But when I click on the properties of my C drive, the total used and free space only adds up to like 33gb. Is something wrong? Thanks.
  2. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    <Post deleted by moderators and user banned for 24 hours>

    Make another such post and the ban becomes permanent
  3. wibtr

    wibtr Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 90

    That message is even lamer. ban.
  4. halo71

    halo71 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,289

    wigger, the difference is probably files you have saved recently on the HD. Cinders, I think you should read the TOS before posting another reply like that!
  5. wibtr

    wibtr Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 90

    thanks. so you mean it takes a while for them to show up?
  6. halo71

    halo71 Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,289

    When you save the files to your HD, they are there, no delay. Did you just reformat or something? Are you saying this drive is clean, except for OS?
  7. wibtr

    wibtr Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 90

    no, I have like 13 free and 19 used. So im missing about 8gb somewhere.
  8. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    Go Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

    Here you can see if any space is unallocated and how large (windows thinks) your HDD is

    It could be a drive jumper limiting you to 32gb (check the manual for the drive)
    Or a BIOS issue in that your mobo does not support drives larger then 32gb

    Both can probably be circumvented
  9. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,288   +262

    Or it could be formatted FAT32
  10. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    hard drives are never exactly as big as they say they are when they're formatted

    it's a problem that's been about for ages that someone or other is looking into fixing, i read it on here a while ago

    how much under the supposed size of the drive you are usually depends on how expensive it is. if you have a good drive then your 160gb might be 155gb but if you have a cheap one then it might be 150gb, it all depends on manufacturer
  11. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

     
  12. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    oh yeah suppose so haha, owned ;)

    but i've found that drive sizes can differ quite a bit even if you have 3 or 4 40gb ones for example

    as well, i used to have a usb flash drive that was 971mb (obv marketed as 1gb) but now i have a new one that's only 940 mb cos it's cheaper and from some random brand
    i suppose that flash drives which is different but it's still storage :p
  13. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    Depends on MFT data, partitions tables etc

    Exactly how much space is available

    Plus how much of the drive has been marked unusable for future use when bad sectors develop etc etc

    And the list goes on :p
  14. wibtr

    wibtr Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 90

    When I do that it says 33.37 capacity.
  15. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    What is listed under "Disk 0" on the left bottom pane?

    That is the actual drive size... And is any space listed as unallocated here?
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