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    Question Usable space on a hard drive

    I have a Seagate HDD 80GB 7200rpm hard drive on my PC.

    Belarc and "My Computer" tell me that i have 41.54GB usable capacity on my hard drive. It is not partitioned. I use Windows XP.

    Using search on Google and on PressF1 I have identified that it is not very unusual for this difference. However it does seem a bigger difference than some of my searches reveal.

    I would like to understand what the "missing" 38.46GB is used for. Please can someone point me to a site where I can read up about it ? Alternatively can someone please give a brief explanation.
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    Default Re: Usable space on a hard drive

    If the other 1/2 hasnt been formatted, you can format it by going to control panel / admin tools / computer management / disk management.

    Whatever says unallocated here, is your missing 38gb.

    It also depends on how the hdd was formatted. In FAT32, or NTFS.

    And whether SP1 or 2 is installed as well.

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    Default Re: Usable space on a hard drive

    out of 80gb, you only get about 76gb to start with. and your system with some software will take up a few gb. but you must have something filling up it up, if you havn't downloaded lots of stuff. look in windows explorer.

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    Default Re: Usable space on a hard drive

    Or use ccleaner, and clean the temp files etc off the hdd.

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    Talking Re: Usable space on a hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Gonzales
    Or use ccleaner, and clean the temp files etc off the hdd.
    Hi Speedy
    The PC came with SP2 already installed - I made sure of that and could easily have done it if it was'nt there.

    I use CCleaner quite regularly. Will try other things that you and jargonize suggest.
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    Question Re: Usable space on a hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Gonzales
    If the other 1/2 hasnt been formatted, you can format it by going to control panel / admin tools / computer management / disk management.

    Whatever says unallocated here, is your missing 38gb.

    It also depends on how the hdd was formatted. In FAT32, or NTFS.

    And whether SP1 or 2 is installed as well.
    Hi Speedy
    Following your very good advice I find that the hard drive has been partitioned.
    It shows
    C Drive 39.06 GB; Type basic; NTFS; Partition healthy(system); 26% free
    D Drive 35.46 GB; type basic; blank; Partition healthy ; 100% free
    I starting to format (am told that it is unformatted) I get two options - to do a quick format or to allow compression.
    What thoughts on the option I should chose please ?
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    Default Re: Usable space on a hard drive

    I wouldnt tick use compression.. Some programs u install may not like it.

    Do a full not a quick format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Gonzales
    I wouldnt tick use compression.. Some programs u install may not like it.

    Do a full not a quick format.
    Hi Speedy
    Many thanks - I have done a full format and it now shows 99% free and NTFS. Have also copied a photo from the C Drive just to make sure that all ok and works fine.

    I guess Advanced Computers thought it would be handy, and it certainly will be, however one needs to know that it is there in the first place....especially for people like me who sometimes cannot see the wood for the trees !!

    Suppose that I will now put all my data onto the D Drive.
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    Default Re: Usable space on a hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Misty
    Hi Speedy
    Many thanks - I have done a full format and it now shows 99% free and NTFS. Have also copied a photo from the C Drive just to make sure that all ok and works fine.

    I guess Advanced Computers thought it would be handy, and it certainly will be, however one needs to know that it is there in the first place....especially for people like me who sometimes cannot see the wood for the trees !!

    Suppose that I will now put all my data onto the D Drive.
    Misty http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/images/smilies/thumbs.gif
    Very good way to go. Create a folder on the D: drive called "Docs" or "Misty" or whatever. Then click start, right click My Documents and select properties. In the target box type D:\Docs then move the current My Documents to the D: drive.

    Comes in handy if you ever want to format the C: drive.

    Also you can backup bookmarks, emails, contacts etc to the D: drive by using File/export from both your browser and email client.

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    Default Re: Usable space on a hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Misty
    Suppose that I will now put all my data onto the D Drive.
    I agree with Sweep that that is a good idea. However, I would suggest copying the data over and once you are sure all is well then you can delete it off the original partition.

    Why? Because data has a sneaky habit of permanently disappearing on you when it is moved or cut and pasted.

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