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  1. pjblevin

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    Is there an explanation for the SHOWN amount of disc space used (in the pie chart).....and the EXPECTED amount of disc space used?
    For example, I just did a clean install of XP, and the amount of disc space used was much greater than the amount of disc space that I thought would be used.

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  2. Couriant

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    Don't forget that the amount shown in Windows will be different to what the size actually is. Also I'm sure that having FAT32 will show more than NTFS.

    Last thing, is this from an original CD or a CD that was made with a Service Pack slipstreamed in?
     
  3. pjblevin

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    original CD
     
  4. Couriant

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    how much were you thinking the install should be?
     
  5. pjblevin

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    It shows 60g used on the pie chart, whereas before formatting it only showed 33g.
     
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    I think you are confusing some terminology here. Actually the sentence does not make any sense.

    At most the install should be about 2Gb. That's just Windows XP only. No software installed.

    You said that you did a clean install. Did you completley formatted the machine then installed Windows XP or did you install Windows XP over another OS.
     
  7. Cool1mccool

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    so if all this was done and still showing 60GB of space used when not really being used on the drive, any other ideas?
     
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    Well, all i can say is that it doesn't add up. The install should be no more than 2.5Gb under NTFS. Since he said that it was a clean install, the drive should have 2.5Gb used and (I'm assuming you have an 80Gb drive) about 76Gb left, give or take because Windows sees the disk space differently then DOS / Command Prompt. The only logical thing here is that it was not a clean install, rather an upgrade or the OS was installed over the old version.
     
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    If this is a new drive, then it could be that the BIOS is old and not able to support the drive. You will need to get an FlashBIOS update.
     
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    The flash Bios is updated and it still shows the same thing..60 GB used when only Windows XP is installed with no programs.
     
  11. Couriant

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    can you do a screenshot for me?
     
  12. brite750

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    you did a fresh install of XP on a wiped and formatted drive and it used 60gigs?
     
  13. Cool1mccool

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    Yes, I did.. here is the pic of my C: drive. I do have AOL installed now and Norton antivirus now...but that is it. Is this the pic you are asking for?
    [​IMG]
     
  14. jbcalg

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    that's the pic

    200gb drive ?

    open the c drive up (ie windows explorer, folder view)
    try right clicking, properties on a few folders, see how big they are
    - look for the default 12% system restore folder (system volume information), that's 24gb right there unless you turned off SR or modified the default setting
    - it's a hidden folder i think, you may have to allow the view in your folder settings
    - see which one(s) are sucking all the storage up :)
     
  15. Cool1mccool

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    The folders in my C drive are:
    Program files: 863 MB
    Documents and Settings: 5.05 GB
    Windows: 2.30 GB
    Dell: 180 KB

    That does not add up to 68 GB like it shows.
     
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