View Full Version : Cleaning up hard drive - problems

John W
18-06-2009, 06:33 PM
Hi there

Im having problems cleaning up a porrtable USB Hard Drive. Win Explorer shows 40Gb drive with 9Gb already taken up, but it also shows NO files in the drive.

Ive ticked Show Hidden Files & Folders, and Right Clicked, Disc Cleanup, but still the same report.

Any idea how I can view whats there and restore/cleanout the occupied space?


John in Mosgiel

18-06-2009, 06:38 PM
Use a live linux CD boot from it and then you should be able to see what's there

18-06-2009, 07:49 PM
You could just format it and that would give you all your space back but that would be a bit extreme in case you needed some data off it.

18-06-2009, 07:55 PM
I was gonna suggest that but the OP wants to see what's there first

John W
18-06-2009, 08:15 PM
Grrrr.... Kick myself in the arse.

A quick format restored the missing capacity.

So simple, I should have thought of it myself.




18-06-2009, 09:10 PM
Most probably corrupt file system/partition tables.

Next time try chkdsk driveletter: /f on it:)