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Win7 HD Properties Error?


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#1 teegeez

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 05:35 PM

Ok here's something that I just noticed on my Win7 Professional machine that I hope someone can explain:

My 32-bit machine has a hard drive partitioned into two partitions, one for the OS (73,2GB) and the other for files (159GB).
If I view the properties for my OS partition it says that I have 57.2GB used and 15.9GB free.
The issue is that when I open that partition and add up all contents from all the folders, I only have a total of 18GB.
Why does it state that I have used 57.2GB?

I have run Disk Cleanup for both partitions, checked the fragmentation (OK) and have run various spyware, malware & antivirus software and come up clean.
Anyone have any ideas why I am getting what seems to be erroneous info on the properties of the OS partition?

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 05:42 PM

System Restore uses a great deal of space (also Temporary Internet Files folder, Temp files, etc). You can download treesize to see where the space is being used: http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:18 PM

I see that my Sys Restore points are using a lot of hard drive space. Many are critical updates that I have downloaded.
Is there a recommended/preferred percentage of the drive I should allocate for Restore Points?
I only have the OS partition size as 75GB and presently have the Restore Points set to 40%.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 06:54 AM

Set it to 10% or 15% - that should be fine. I don't use system restore at all. It's a great feature - when it works. Too many instances where it fails just when you need it most. I'm a huge advocate of using Disk Imaging software instead, creating images of the system partition to secondary hd's on a weekly basis, retaining the 2 or 3 most recent images. In my opinion it is the best of all backup methods and makes system restore completely unnecessary.




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