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Solved: Large deletions aren't showing up as free hard drive space on Toshiba Laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Kapustin Yar, Oct 8, 2011.

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  1. Kapustin Yar

    Kapustin Yar Thread Starter

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    I have a TOSHIBA Satellite L305-S5933. It has a 250gb of hard space. About 225gb after formatting. Its about two years old.

    I had only 4.37gb of free space so I decided to free up some space. I deleted more than 50gb of movies from the drive and it still shows the same 4.37gb of free space. How can I fix this?
     
  2. Elvandil

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    You can remove shadow copies if you want using Disk Cleanup's second page. A copy is made of every deleted file, which also means moved files since they are deleted from one place.

    But when you need to consider space, you probably need to get more.
     
  3. Kapustin Yar

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    What is Disk Cleanup's "Second Page" and how do I access it?
     
  4. Elvandil

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    Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup
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    Start > Run: cleanmgr
     
  5. Kapustin Yar

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    Hi The problem has been fixed. I have Rollback RX installed. When I deleted a couple of backups and defragged them the missing space showed up. Now I have 90+gb.

    I wouldn't have thought of this if the disk cleanup hadn't reminded me of backup files. Thanks very much for your help. You're a champ :D:D:D:D:D
     
  6. Elvandil

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    You can mark your thread "solved" using the button at the top of the page.

    I hope you realize that Roolback RX will be useless when your hard drive fails.
     
  7. Kapustin Yar

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    Well hopefully it will keep my hd from failing. Besides, it is a quick and easy way to restore my files. I'm open to new ideas if you have any?
     
  8. raybro

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    Hard drive failure really has nothing to do with any program. Its generally a result of a mechanical fault or electronics failure.

    Regarding other backup options... A well thought of backup program is Acronis True Image. Just Google it and you can find it available in a number of places. I tend to favor Amazon. That said... there are a number of free programs which will do the job. I use and recommend Easeus ToDo Backup Home. To use the program properly, you will need a second hard drive. You can use either a secondary master (in a desktop) or a USB external (desktop or laptop). This is necessary so you have a place to store the backup image in the event of failure of your internal HDD. It is a simple process to boot into Easeus (using a flash drive) then restore your internal drive to the configuration it was in when the backup image was created. This can be done to either the original HDD (if its still usable) or a new HDD. This process may also be used if (read "When") you get a virus or spyware that gives you real problems. Personally, I would not be without a full backup. I've used it a number of times with my machine and those of my friends.
     
  9. Kapustin Yar

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    Thanks Raybro. I already use Acronis and Norton. I use both because neither is foolproof but usually I can get one or the other to work.
     
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