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Solved: Missing free space in Hard disk

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  1. photosymth.com

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    Hi guys,

    I have two hard disks in my computer. one is a 40gb and other 160gb.
    the 40gb HDD has been partitioned into two @roughly 20Gb each, with xp installed on one of them.

    I'm running windows XP sp3 which is installed in the C:\ drive(roughly 20Gb). The problem tat i face is that windows reports the free size to be only 988mb.

    When i check into the file properties of all the files it reports to be around 5GB, i have no idea where the remaning 15gb is gone.

    Here's a list of things that i have done:

    1. Enabled to show hidden operating system files
    2. Cleared temp files using CCleaner.
    3. Tried chkdsk /r option.
    4. Turned off system restore.
    5. Tried lots of disk reporting softwares. (which also couldn't find the missing space).

    I've attached some screenshots which will be helpful.
    Still I'am not able to find out the exact reason for this prob.
    Plz suggest
     

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    @helpful
    thank you so much for ur concern man(y)..

    Most of the disk viewing software dint report the problem.

    When i tried to open the system volume information folder it gave a access denied error.
    So i had to chance the user permissions and open it.
    When i opened it i was surprised to see a folder named "_restore" eating nearly 13gigs. I just mercilessly deleted tat folder wit some help from unlocker as certain files were said to be in use.

    To my horror, all my partitions had that folder but were not eating that much space as compared to the main partition.

    I had turned off system restore a long long time ago, but dono y windows kept those files.

    Anyways i got my free space back (y)
     

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    Take a look using Treesize. Its a free download and will show you just where all the space on the drive is allocated.

    Raybro
     
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    Glad you were able to figure the problem out, I am sure others will have this problem (including myself) thanks for sharing the solution.
     
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    All the monitoring softwares (including treeview) reported the folder size to be a
    BIG ZERO :confused:.

    Actually the problem seems to exist in windows file permissions. When a user does not have permission to a specific folder, windows simply displays its size to be 0 bytes :eek:.
     
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