Solved: my f drive showing 23 gigs used out of 27 but when i highlight all the files it shows

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jVirus

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my f drive showing 23 gigs used out of 27 but when i highlight all the files and folders in the drive (including hidden files) it shows 17 gigs.

this is not my c drive where xp is installed.


i have an xp 2100 athlon with 512mb ram.
 

JohnWill

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The missing files could be either in your recovery directory or Norton Protected Recycle Bin deleted files.
 

jVirus

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i did a dir /a on the dir and found no recovery files. also i do not have norton installed. and would they be on my f drive and not my c where my xp is installed if i did have norton?
 

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That's perfectly normal

When you highlite you show the actual size of the file

when you look at the my computer amount of space used you will get a much higher figure. This is due to the way any OS stores files, if you use a ntfs file system all files are stored in a 4k cluster, but if you are using fat32, then the cluster sizes might be 16k or even 32k

so a 1k gif will use 16k or 32 k of space or an 11k text file will use 16k or 32k that is where your free space goes

on my computer drive C which is ntfs formatted has files of 9.8Gb but uses space of 10.7 gb

Drive F which is fat 32 has files of 11gb but uses space of 16 gb because of the cluster sizes
 
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