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Where is my hard drive space?

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#1 Tom V

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:55 PM

Ok. So I just installed Windows XP home on an older computer. I installed just a few programs I want (antivirus, DVD burner, etc), and did all of the Windows updates. Everything is working nice and fast and perfectly, at least for an old computer running XP.


I now want to image the drive (or at least the used portions of it) so i can make a recovery image, so i won't have to redo all of the application installations and windows updates, because it took me many hours (and restarts) to get from a bare system to a system with SP3 and all the updates. I want to store this recovery image on a regular DVD, but there seems to be a storage space problem.


According to Windows Exlorer, when I click on drive C, I am using 9.7GB (see img1). I went to folder options, and selected to view hidden files, and I unselected the check box that says "hide operating system files". So I should be able to see everything (see img2).


However, when I go into drive C (see img 2a), and select everything and hit properties, it says I only have 5.5GB used in drive C (see img3).


So which is it? Am I using 9.7GB (which won't fit on a DVD-R) or am I using 5.5GB (which will fit on a DVD-R after compression)? If I am using 9.7GB, where are the missing 4GB? How do I view the file (or files) that are taking up those extra 4 gigs?

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#2 TsVk!


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 01:23 AM

try Space Sniffer. It will tell you exactly what's on your drive and how big it is. Looks cool too.



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