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Space mysteriously missing from HDD after reboot during backup transfer


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#1 Toony

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 02:25 AM

I installed a new harddrive the other day because my old one bit it. Everything went fine and I plugged in the back up I used to restore, which was a longer process (8+ hours). I left the computer while it did that but windows apparently shut off and restarted for an update around 75% through. Now a large amount of the back up doesn't appear to of been transferred on, and on top of that space appears to just be missing. My old drive was 400 GB and this one is 500 GB. If I now went to restore, I wouldn't have any space left on the drive which obviously makes no sense since if I had enough space on a 400 gb drive I would have even more on a 500 GB one. But it says I only have 112 GB left. Despite this, I have searched through folders etc looking for where this mysterious amount of data went and I cannot find it anywhere. I checked to see if it was paritioned and it's not. Is there anyway to figure out what happened or can anyone tell me what the heck went on?

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 02:30 AM

Please perform the following, so that we can get the exact specs of your computer. This will better assist us in helping you more.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 05:12 AM

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/BlfhevcNSGVy0C10jHdwe4Z

And it said I had like 97 GB left and then 5 minutes later it said I had 145 GB

I have no idea how that happened.

Edited by Toony, 29 May 2011 - 05:17 AM.


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Posted 29 May 2011 - 02:14 PM

How big is your backup compressed?

You have to realize that a 500Gig Drive is just that until it is formatted and then it is determined on the size of the blocks used. As you can see your drive was decreased by 120 Megs after it was formatted leaving 488 so if your backup was 300Gigs and you installed other applications then your drive would be missing spaces, also you will have to take into consideration system restore.




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