noobie who is losing disk capacity....heeelp!!!

By tariray ยท 7 replies
Feb 27, 2006
  1. ok, i dont have an incredibly fancy laptop but this laptop is pretty much my air and water.
    it has a 40gig HDD partitioned into two drives your standart C and D
    each of course with 20 gigs each.
    now, when i click on c or D's properties it tells me it has a capacity of only 17gigs.
    i've lost 6 gigs!!
    i've defragged, cleaned, done a disk check and im really nervous about what is happenning cuz i download a lot of stuff and im hoping that i dont keep losing memory/space over time.
    i only noticed that each drive only has 17gigs last weekend and i swear it wasnt like that last month, im hoping its the backup system keeping a lot of memory for some odd reason.
    i cant explain myself cuz i dont know the terminology.
    i have windows XP
    andi recently burnt 8 gigs worth of stuff so i could free up disk space... only to find that i'vel ost 6 which now my computer doesnt even know it was there.
    heelp meee please
    just a generally computer illiterate person trying to know more about comps.
    chomp chomp.
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    It's probably just the way that disk space is calculated. My 80GB drive shows a capacity of 76.33GB.
  3. tariray

    tariray TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no, it really isnt that.
    i've seen the disk properties, it used to say capacity 20gigs, and now it says 17, a small discrepancy f 1 or 2 gigs i understand but it really wasnt like this to begin with
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    the way windows reports gb space and the way hard drive man. report are 2 diff things
    the mbr will take up some space
    the disc partition will use up space
    the bigger the drive the more space is taken up by the service
    so in the end on your drive its possible to lose about 2gb per drive
    now we come to virtual memory or page file
    if you have a lot of physical memory you dont need page file that is large
    since you have one drive
    check under my computer properties advanced performance advance
    virtual memory change
    remove from D drive if any
    under c make both initial and max the same size
    they say 1.5 time the physical is the best ,I would start with what the initial is
    if you are using special virus programs they can store deleted stuff and you have to manual delete also check your system restore settings they also take up space
  5. tariray

    tariray TS Rookie Topic Starter

    oh wow....
    will do thanks!!!!
    now lets see if that works... :hotbounce
  6. tariray

    tariray TS Rookie Topic Starter

    nope didnt help
    thanks anyway, did manage to fix up a few things anyway.
  7. ru_ready

    ru_ready TS Rookie Posts: 22

  8. tariray

    tariray TS Rookie Topic Starter

    oh yay! :angel:
    thanks will do
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