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    Default Missing HDD space

    A friend has a laptop with a C: of 30gb. It tells me it has 500mb free, however I can only find 21gb of files on the drive (even after showing hidden and system files etc.)

    Any ideas where the extra space might have gone?

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    Default Re: Missing HDD space

    Try CHKDSK or Spacemonger - http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/
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    Default Re: Missing HDD space

    Do they have System Restore enabled?
    If so it could explain at least some of this.
    check out this link it shows how to reclaim that space.

    http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2...ee-disk-space/

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    Default Re: Missing HDD space

    There could be a hidden restore partition.

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    Default Re: Missing HDD space

    Quote Originally Posted by KarameaDave View Post
    Do they have System Restore enabled?
    If so it could explain at least some of this.
    check out this link it shows how to reclaim that space.

    http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2...ee-disk-space/
    I thought of that, but system restore is only allocated 3gb I think, and that should have shown up when I look at total usage anyway I thought... Imight try turning it off and seeing if that makes any difference.

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    Default Re: Missing HDD space

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweep View Post
    There could be a hidden restore partition.
    It does, but that wouldn't make any difference. Windows reports C: as being 30gb in size, so a hidden partition wouldn't be counted in that anyway.

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    Default Re: Missing HDD space

    Could be hibernation if its enabled. It'll be the same size (as the amount of ram installed) if its enabled. Use something like ccleaner, see how much it removes. What version of windows is on it?

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    Default Re: Missing HDD space

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Gonzales View Post
    Could be hibernation if its enabled. It'll be the same size (as the amount of ram installed) if its enabled. Use something like ccleaner, see how much it removes. What version of windows is on it?
    But if I show all files (system & hidden), and select all files/folders from C: and go properties, that should show up shouldn't it? When I do this I'm told there's 21gb of files/folders selected, however there's only 500mb free space

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    Default Re: Missing HDD space

    Well use ccleaner, see how much it removes. How OLD is the laptop? And whats it formatted in?
    Last edited by Speedy Gonzales; 29-11-2009 at 12:18 PM.

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    Default Re: Missing HDD space

    Don't forget 1Gb is actually 1024mb

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