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.


Missing space on external hard drive...wtf?

  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 computergeek522


  • Members
  • 145 posts
  • Location:Canada
  • Local time:12:43 AM

Posted 13 June 2013 - 01:53 PM

I have a 1 TB external hard drive that I use solely for storage of video files.  I was transferring some files over to the drive from my laptop this afternoon and got an error message telling me that I didn't have enough space left on the drive to complete the transfer.  That didn't make sense to me, because the files I was transferring only totalled about 40 GB and there should be much more space left than that!


When I checked the space left on the drive, though, Windows Explorer is telling me that there is only 55.7 GB left on the drive.  But that makes absolutely no sense, because I added up the size of every file on that drive at the moment and they only add up to a total of 353.53 GB.  There should be nearly 700 GB left on that drive!


So I can't figure out where the other space went.  It makes no sense to me.  I enabled the whole "hidden files and folders" option so I could see if there was anything hiding there that I couldn't see, but...well, I can't see anything.  This is driving me nuts, because without the full capacity of the drive, it's pretty much useless to me.


Can anyone provide any insight into this?

Snoofie : Computer Geek Wannabe

Dell Inspiron 5537
Intel Core i5-4200U CPU @ 1.60 GHz
8.00 GB RAM
Windows 10, 64-bit

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)


#2 GreenGiant117


  • Members
  • 294 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Local time:12:43 AM

Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:26 PM

can you take a screenshot of the drive's properties window?


to do this Open My Computer > Right click on the drive in question > Click properties

Then hit Ctrl+Pint Screen then paste it here , or into paint then save it and upload it

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users