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[SOLVED] NTFS incorrect drive space

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by quizbuk, Sep 30, 2003.

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  1. quizbuk

    quizbuk Thread Starter

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    alrighty, i read a prior thread about the guy who was having trouble with his NT server, and tried all that NTFSdos program stuff with no success. I'm using winxp and i have a 40 gig hard drive i use just for media. it has 13 gigs of videoclips and misc files on it, however, windows seems to think it's got 27 gigs used. what the crap can i do.
    p.s. it's recently been formatted. :confused:
     
  2. deadm4n

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    Having the same problem. I was deleting files I didn't need, but it still said I had 299 MB free space.
     
  3. ~Candy~

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    Hi and welcome. It sounds like your bios only supports up to 27 gig hard drives. Either you need to partition, or use the software overlay that came with the drive........or update your bios, but I don't recommend that, although others, I'm sure will ;)
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    Hi and welcome,


    299 MB free is not much.......
     
  5. deadm4n

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    Yeah, it's a 80 gig HD, and I needed to make room to backup more files, so I deleted ones I didn't need. But after cleaning those out, it still read 299 MB. I selected all the files and folders and checked the size and it only takes up around 60 gigs.
     
  6. ~Candy~

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    Right click on the drive in my computer, does it show all 80 gigs there? Also, after deleting, did you reboot, just in case something is not reading right?
     
  7. quizbuk

    quizbuk Thread Starter

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    well i don't think the bios is the issue. i have an 80 gig installed too. that works fine.
     
  8. dahoff

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    Just a shot in the dark...but do you have Norton installed on the computer?
     
  9. deadm4n

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    It shows the capacity of the drive being 74.5 GB.

    After I deleted I tried to copy the other files onto the drive, and it said there was not enough room, even though the files I had deleted were much larger than the ones I was copying over. I gave me a popup that said not enough disk space, then Explorer crashes. I tried rebooting and running Scandisk. I tried deleting restore points and using Disk Cleanup.

    I do have Norton Systemworks 2003 installed.
     
  10. quizbuk

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    yeah, i have antivirus and firewall
     
  11. ~Candy~

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    After you delete, do you empty the recycle bin? Or perhaps Norton is protecting the recycle bin somehow????
     
  12. quizbuk

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    OK. after a thorough investigation of norton antivirus i found that you can permanetly delete the files that norton is somehow saving to be undeleted at a later time. Then i changed the setting so it should never use any hard drive space to do that again. You can also disable that feature if you want. That finally worked, all my gigs are accounted for. and i have a smile on my face. (y) HOLLAR.
     
  13. deadm4n

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    Ah yes, I didn't even realize Norton System Works had that File Protection option. Good find! I also purged the protected files and regained all my hard-drive space.
     
  14. ~Candy~

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    I think that is unrelated deadm4n, probably best to start a new thread under web/email ;) I'll mark this one solved twice :D
     
  15. JohnWill

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    You forgot the second SOLVED. :D:D:D
     
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