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Hard disk space is calculated wrongly and I don't know why

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Saussure, Jul 16, 2007.

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  1. Saussure

    Saussure Thread Starter

    Feb 28, 2005
    My computer (a "tower", not a laptop) is going to be four years old in autumn and runs on XP Home SP 2 and the latest updates and patches. Internet Explorer 7.
    I have noticed a weird glitch (for a while, actually) and would like to know if anyone knows what is causing it: the remaining free space of my hard disk seems to be calculated wrongly. I remember that the computer crashed once due to a problem with my printer, and the disk space indication showed something completely different than before the crash (2 GB extra space) - and I had not lost any data. I check the space by either right-clicking on the hard disk icon or by starting up Defragmenter. System information also has the same info on the space.
    At the moment, the calculator seems to be showing less disk space than I actually have, and it seems to be "losing" space at a merry pace. Day before yesterday, it indicated 15.15 GB space, yesterday 15.14 GB and today it is 15.13 GB space. Since I have not uploaded or saved anything new, or EVER made a major change to the hard disk, it just has to be wrong. Also, there's no bug or any dubious character hanging around on my PC (scanned for viruses and spyware, no result, computer behaving just fine anyway).
    Is it old age?
  2. pjhutch


    Aug 23, 2005
    I could be the system finding missing clusters and saving them as files. Run CHKDSK C:
    to see if there are any programs.
    Also, enble hidden files and system files to see what the system has saved to the HD.
  3. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    the change in size may be due to temporary internet files, which are all saved on PC when surfing, if you use outlook or OE then the emails will take up space

    also the swap files on the pc will change size etc- some applications have swap files too
  4. jmwills


    Sep 28, 2005
    You are worried about .1 GIGS?
  5. les2


    Feb 25, 2007
    You may use the Dirlot utitlity that shows visual report of folder and file sizes. Thus you can view what takes the most of space on your disk and will be able to draw some further assumptions.

    And, of course, don't bother about age of your computer or disk. I guess there is no relation.
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