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Windows XP misreporting hard disk space

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    Shining Arcanine

    I thought I'd ask here since the MS Knowledge database doesn't have anything regarding this thread's subject.

    Windows XP states that 9.24 GB is used (114MB free) while the contents of C:\ are reported as 7.40 GB used. My paging file is 384MB (this is my laptop) and the recycling bin is empty. I've done mantaince with every maintaince tool I have (Disk Cleanup, Window Washer, etc) Any ideas on where the 1.84GB went and how I can get at least some of it back?

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    Manip

    To 'see' this data do this:

    My Computer > Folder Options > 'View' > un-tick 'Hide Protected Operating System Files' > Apply > Ok to warning

    C:\ > 'System Volume Information' > Properties > Security > Add > Advanced > Find Now > Administrators > Ok > Allow 'Full Control' > Open 'System Volume Information'


    To clear the data (Windows Recovery):

    Control Panel > System > System Restore > tick 'Turn off system restore for all drives' > Apply > un-tick 'Turn off system restore for all drives' > Apply
    [Tick Apply unTick Apply]

    Warning - This will remove all your restore points, I suggest you make a new one after doing this!

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    Shining Arcanine

    Manip wrote:
    To 'see' this data do this:

    My Computer > Folder Options > 'View' > un-tick 'Hide Protected Operating System Files' > Apply > Ok to warning

    C:\ > 'System Volume Information' > Properties > Security > Add > Advanced > Find Now > Administrators > Ok > Allow 'Full Control' > Open 'System Volume Information'


    To clear the data (Windows Recovery):

    Control Panel > System > System Restore > tick 'Turn off system restore for all drives' > Apply > un-tick 'Turn off system restore for all drives' > Apply
    [Tick Apply unTick Apply]

    Warning - This will remove all your restore points, I suggest you make a new one after doing this!


    Oh, I forgot about that. I recall clearing the restore points a few weeks ago (when I first ran into space problems). I guess I'll just delete some of the music I copied from my CDs...

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    jonathanh

    A compromise solution is to leave restore points turned on, but reduce the maximum amount of disk space they can occupy.  Go to System > System Restore > Settings, and then adjust the slider.  On this laptop setting it to 3% of disk space equates to 829 MB, which is typically enough to hold a week's worth of restore points.

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    Shining Arcanine

    jonathanh wrote:

    A compromise solution is to leave restore points turned on, but reduce the maximum amount of disk space they can occupy.  Go to System > System Restore > Settings, and then adjust the slider.  On this laptop setting it to 3% of disk space equates to 829 MB, which is typically enough to hold a week's worth of restore points.



    Thanks for the tip. I think I'll reduce the paging file size to 192MB as well. I don't use more than 448MB of RAM on my laptop anyway.

    Edit: By the way, as strange as this might sound, Windows is now reporting 1.45GB of space free. I haven't done much of anything since I last checked the drive's free space either.

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