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Re: Can't find files supposedly taking up 60Gb

  • Subject: Re: Can't find files supposedly taking up 60Gb
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 06:33:06 +0100
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__/ [Marcus Houlden] on Monday 19 September 2005 22:25 \__

> On Mon, 19 Sep 2005 20:49:42 +0000 (UTC), Philip Herlihy
> <foof8501@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote the following to
> uk.comp.os.ms-windows:
>> I looked at a friend's machine today - wouldn't boot, and I eventually
>> got it working using chkdsk in the recovery console.
>> Afterwards I gave it the "once over", and was surprised to see, in
>> Explorer's Properties popup, that 60Gb of the "183Gb" disk was in use.  I
>> loaded and ran a nifty little utility called "Treesize" which give a
>> folder breakdown of disk usage, and that could only find about 6Gb.
>> I've never seen this before.  Is it just that XP is incorrectly detecting
>> the size of what seems to be a very large disk (in a standard PC bought
>> recently) or could there be something sinister going on?  The chap has
>> about 150Mb of music downloads on the machine, but doesn't have
>> broadband, so it's unlikely to be an involuntary P2P server.
> There's a bug in the original (non-SP1) version of XP which means it has
> difficulties recognising IDE HDs with > 137 GB. See
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3Ben-us%3B303013 for
> details. Another possibility is that the system has a *lot* of system
> restore points (in c:\system volume information). On my system (120 GB HD)
> this directory contains 2 GB of files.
> mh.

There is also the possibility of multiple partitions, but I suspect the bug
above would explain it. Two days ago I thought I was viciously fooled once
discovering that I ran out of space, having exceeded 5 GB while the specs
clearly said 40 GB. Little did I realise that there was only one partition
set up and it took 12.5% of the total hard-drive capacity. It took me a few
minutes to come to grips with what was happening. The unpleasant momentary
feeling of fury... didn't take long to rectify.


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