false free space shown on hardrive

By piotrekn
May 25, 2005
  1. Hi guys !
    Could sombody help me with strange behavior of my hardrive?
    I got new 160 GB hardrive which I split to two partition (F: -50GB) and G: - 100GB)
    I dowload a lot of files and I use this new hardrive as a storage. Till yesterday I downloaded approx. 30GB to the F: drive which left me with 20GB free. Suddenly I got a message that I am low on disk space. When I checke it, my F: drive showed only 190MB of free space???.
    I moved some files (15GB) to the G:drive but this way I freed only 8GB on F:
    It look like the files expands in some way. Right now if I like to move my files back where they just been, there is not enough space.
    Could sombody tell me what's going on. I checked my whole computer with Norton for viruses, and defragmented all the drives but it did not help.

    I am runing Windows XP Home edition.

    Thanks for Help :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    How are you downloading? Many downloading programs preallocate the space for the files being downloaded so even if you have only 100KB of a 700MB file it will still use the whole 700MB of disk.

    SequoiaView is a pretty program that will tell you in what files your disk space hides in.
  3. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    Turn off Norton protection for your recycle bin...
    Also check how much space is being allocated to each drive/partition for System Restore.

    patio. :cool:
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