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Hard Drive Space Has Dissappeared!

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#1 brooksey!!!


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Posted 07 April 2008 - 12:00 PM

I have a dell Inspiron 6400, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD.
For some reason, there seems to be no space left on my hard drive. I Defrag Weekly, Clean Registry, Use Disk Clean-Up, Back up files onto an external hard drive, but the seems to be no space. Its not the System Resore, as it is set to the absolute minium. Its not programs.
Does anyone know what it might be? There is a lot of Music, but not so much that it takes up 120GB!
Also, whenever i put all my music into iTunes, there still needs to be a file with all the music in. Why is this/ Why cant it just all be on iTunes? Does that mean its taking up double te space because music is in iTunes and also in another file? (This may seem like a stupid question, but hey!)
thanks for all your help.

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 12:32 PM

A tool which you can use to see what is taking up space on a given partitition/drive: Tree Size Free at http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

If you have enabled System Restore, that takes up space.

If you have a program like Go Back installed, it takes up space with backups.

If you have any Symantec program installed, you may have a "hidden" recycle bin which continually makes space for files which seem to have been deleted. There are probably similar programs which do the same thing.

FWIW: If you have just one big partition...I would suggest that you consider breaking that into at least 2 partitions, one for data files (music, videos, etc.) and one for the operating system and programs installed. That gives the user a better chance to recover data if something goes wrong with the boot/system partition.

As for iTunes :thumbsup:, I believe that it creates a My Music folder automatically when installed...which is not the same as the Windows My Music folder. It's been a few years since I used iTunes for anything, but I seem to recall that happening. There may be a more valid explanation at the iTunes forum.


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Posted 07 April 2008 - 12:38 PM

You can point iTunes to any folder, so you should be able to keep just a single copy of the music, as long as you don't want to change the format. A change of format would create a new file. (I pointed my son's iTunes to a music folder that accessed a separate 120GB drive.)

You can also Right Click on My Computer and Left Click on Manage.

Select Disk Management.

You should be able to see your drives and how much free space you have on each one.

It should also show some hidden or "recovery" partitions, if they exist.


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Posted 08 April 2008 - 01:16 AM

Another very good tool to visually see the space that every single file on your computer is taking up, and where it is located, is SEQUOIA VIEW.


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