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Solved: Hard Drive with Little Free Space

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by thewoodworker, Jul 11, 2015.

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  1. thewoodworker

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    I have a 140 GB HDD that, at one time before I attempted a backup, had very little space consumed. If I remember correctly, there was about 35GB of operating system and applications on the HDD. This drive has my W7 OS.

    I don't recall all of the details but somehow the backup was interrupted. The good news: Everything that was functional still is except that I now have only 7.58GB of free space on the HDD.

    I've done a little bit of reading and I think I know what happened. I suspect that while doing a backup, the data is copied to a location on the HDD that will eventually be cleared IF the backup is allowed to conclude normally. Since I interrupted it, I surmise that the free space has now been occupied by the unwanted copy of that data.

    My question is: Is there any way (other than reformatting and starting over) that I can retrieve some of that "free space"?
     
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    If you want to back up your system, you need to use another drive. If you don't want the partial backup that was created on the same drive, delete it.
     
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    I don't know what kind of temp files are created, but install CCleaner and perform a scan. It will show all of the temp files that can be removed and the amount of space that will be freed up.

    And I agree. If you want a backup, get a second HDD. Having a backup on the same drive won't be of much help if the HDD fails. You should be able to get an external drive pretty cheap as you don't need a very large model.
     
  5. thewoodworker

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    This is what my hard drives looked like when I first posted here. The C: Drive had just been part of a failed backup (self induced failure).

    Hard Drive Problem.PNG

    After using tools provided as part of Reflect, I now have the hard drive back to the configuration it was in BEFORE I botched the Windows Backup. Drive E: is still there; I cropped it when I did the snipping.

    Recovered Hard Drive.PNG
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2015
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