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Harddrive filesize problem

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  1. Cassis

    Cassis Thread Starter

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    Hi.

    I recently installed a new harddrive (seagate barracuda 80gb). The problem is that all files seem to take more space on the new drive than they do on my other drive. For example... a program that is 811kb takes up around 1,1Mb. When I check properties on the program file is says:
    Size: 811Kb (831 395 Byte), 1114112 Byte being used. When I copy the program to my old drive and click on properties it says:
    Size: 811Kb (831 394 Byte), 860160 Byte being used.

    Why does a program that is 811Kb take up around 1,1mb on my new drive?
    I used their Seagate's program DiskWizard to create a partition on my computer. Maybe this has something to do with the problem.
     
  2. ~Candy~

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    What operating system are you running?
     
  3. Cassis

    Cassis Thread Starter

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    I'm running Windows 98
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    Can you right click on my computer, properties, preformance.....does it say 32 bit for file system?
     
  5. Rockn

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    Candy is correct, you probably set up a FAT partition instead of a FAT32 partition.
     
  6. Krall

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    Is your old hard drive smaller than 80 gb? Im sure it is. All operating systems newer than win95 will maker the size being used larger than the actual size of the file to help with performance issues. The larger the amount of disk space, the more amount of space windows will allocate for file performance. Unfortunetly there is no way to change this.
     
  7. Cassis

    Cassis Thread Starter

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    thanks for the replys... and it's a FAT32 partition.
    guess i'll just have to live with it then :)
     
  8. Cassis

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    what I don't understand is why the same program only takes up about 831Kb on my other machine running Windows XP with a 80gb barracuda disk
     
  9. DaveBurnett

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    It has to do with the cluster sizes. If you can get hold of Partition Manager, you can change the cluster size and recover some of the space
     
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