Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Inaccurate Disk Space Amount


  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia

  • Members
  • 229 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:02:46 PM

Posted 19 March 2008 - 05:56 PM

Hello.

I have a laptop that runs Windows XP. It has 80GB of hard drive and 1GB of RAM.

The hard drive was wiped clean and the OS installed. That is all that is on the hard drive. I haven't reinstalled the other software, yet. The hard drive was wiped clean and the OS installed by certified technicians because the computer had a virus.

When I opened My Computer and clicked on C:, the details panel read that it only has 454MB free.

How do I determine why it's giving me a false reading? When the OS was reinstalled, could it have been a duplicate and the original is still on the hard drive?

I opened a command prompt and changed directories until I was at only the C: prompt. I then typed dir and there are only about twenty items listed. It too reads that my free space is only 454MB.

(Is it all right if I write "Help!!" now?)

:thumbsup:

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 DaChew

DaChew

    Visiting Alien


  • Members
  • 10,317 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:millenium falcon and rockytop
  • Local time:02:46 PM

Posted 19 March 2008 - 06:01 PM

The hard drive was wiped clean and the OS installed.


open my computer and right click on your C drive, go to properties

what does the pie chart indicate?

under used space?

Edited by DaChew, 19 March 2008 - 06:02 PM.

Chewy

No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.

#3 Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 229 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:02:46 PM

Posted 19 March 2008 - 06:22 PM

It reads that 7.48GB are used and 454MB are free space.

To me, it appears that the technician installed the OS onto the partition that is used for the data backup of the OS.

How do I find the other partition?

#4 Budapest

Budapest

    Bleepin' Cynic


  • Moderator
  • 23,579 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:04:46 AM

Posted 19 March 2008 - 06:31 PM

I would take it back to the tech and ask them to fix it.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

—George Bernard Shaw

#5 DaChew

DaChew

    Visiting Alien


  • Members
  • 10,317 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:millenium falcon and rockytop
  • Local time:02:46 PM

Posted 19 March 2008 - 06:38 PM

certified technicians


:thumbsup:

How do I find the other partition?


disk management

right click my computer>>manage

Edited by DaChew, 19 March 2008 - 06:42 PM.

Chewy

No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.

#6 Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 229 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:02:46 PM

Posted 19 March 2008 - 06:38 PM

That's exactly what I told my son, but he wants it fixed now. :thumbsup:

Is it possible to resize the partitions?

The D: drive states that it is a printer.

Cass

#7 Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 229 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:02:46 PM

Posted 19 March 2008 - 06:43 PM

certified technicians


:flowers:


I'm not one, but I've fixed many a pc in my time. My ex still calls me to fix his when his daughter crashes it. No, I'm not certified and I only turn to the forums when I'm stuck. If I had used my brain cells that were still in nap mode, I would have realized that the hard drive was partitioned wrong.

:thumbsup:

#8 Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 229 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:02:46 PM

Posted 19 March 2008 - 06:56 PM

The larger part of the hard drive is blacked out and the little part is assigned as C:.

How do we assign more of the blacked out part to the C:?

Even if I can't fix it right now, I'd like to know if it's possible for future reference.

:thumbsup:

#9 DaChew

DaChew

    Visiting Alien


  • Members
  • 10,317 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:millenium falcon and rockytop
  • Local time:02:46 PM

Posted 19 March 2008 - 07:04 PM

vista will let you do that, not xp(resize)


I would just reload it

somebody really screwed up putting xp on a recovery partition
Chewy

No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.

#10 Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 229 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:02:46 PM

Posted 19 March 2008 - 07:11 PM

I would just reload it

somebody really screwed up putting xp on a recovery partition


The problem with that is we can't find the disks. Oh, well. My son will talk with the technician tomorrow. I told him to talk to my ex because he bought Vista with several licenses and he could upgrade to it. Perhaps if I tell him he can resize the partitions, he'll go for Vista.

At least I have learned several things today.

Thank you and the other person for all your assistance.

Cass




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users