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Hard Drive Memory dissapearing

By Zenode ยท 4 replies
Nov 8, 2008
  1. It seems that my computer whenever i go in the hard drive is just losing memory randomly and is very frustrating as i have used 71GB out of 465GB and i only have 2 games installed and Anti-Virus.

    Windows Vista Home Premium
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
    4.00GB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

    All it does is randomly dissapear and i want to know where it is going?
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,243   +234

    It is not really memory that you are loosing, it is hard drive space that you are missing. How much free space do you have left. You should have 424GB left. If this is right, you have nothing to worry about. All is well
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +419

    Check out how much you've allowed System Restore to use. Right click on My Computer, Properties, then advanced system settings on the left. Then System Protection tab, and I think in there you can adjust how much space the system will allocate on the drive.

    Edit: Turns out Vista doesn't appear to let you control the space used. But it shouldn't use over 15% of the drive (it says that in the help files about System Restore). In XP you could choose how much space it was allowed to use.
  4. Zenode

    Zenode TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hmm well this is annoying because Hard Drive space is literally dissapearing into thin air since i haven't downloaded/installed anything in ages

    It already has used more than 15% i added up all the programs on my cpu and only 7GB have been used and out of 465GB only 380GB are left and it is really frustrating
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,243   +234

    Ditch that frustration, everything is normal. Your drive is probably a 500GB drive to start. Once it is formatted, without anything on it, you have 465GB to work with. Install the operating system and all it's updates, and your 2 games you can easily use up 7GB. My 450GB drive becomes 372GB after formatting, without anything installed.
    Think of a new hard drive like an empty file cabinet. Formatting is like adding file folders. When you download or install programs or games you are filling those file folders
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