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How to delete free space on hdd?


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#1 HrcaA3000

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 08:04 AM

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I am using Windows XP and I have problems with hdd. In chkdsk utility it says that there are problems with file system and that the free space is in mtf. I decided to reinstall windows and delete all my partitions ( I delete them in Windows XP installation process, I mean that step of choosing the partition where you want to install windows). After installation it still says that there is a problem with filesystem and that the free space is on mtf. How can I completly reset my harddisk.

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 08:11 AM

Please post the actual message content. It's not possible to advise you accurately with the information given - "free space is on mtf" appears to have no meaning.

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 08:19 AM

CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the master file table (MFT) bitmap.
 
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Posted 29 November 2016 - 08:22 AM

How can I reset disk to be like a new one.I mean to delete everything including free space

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 08:48 AM

Does the message appear at every boot? It could be a bug in chkdsk. Is XP at SP3?

 

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc975390.aspx

 

If it occurs at every boot then run a disk diagnostic like Seatools for Windows.

 

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 05:26 PM

 

delete everything including free space

Delete all partitions on the HDD, Reset a main partition(s), Reformat and reinstall Windows. If you still get error messages follow the advice above. In fact, it might be a good idea to do that first, especially running Seatools on your HDD.


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Posted 29 November 2016 - 06:56 PM

I didn't think you could actually delete 'free space'. Surely, this is a part of the disk which already has nothing on it?

 

And surely, it's impossible to do this from within Windows itself. Wouldn't you need to do this externally, from, say, something like a Linux LiveCD....or something like Parted Magic?  :scratchhead:

 

 

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 08:28 PM

IMO...it's unclear what the intent is here.

 

As pointed out above...there is no such thing as "deleting free space".  That being the case, we need to find out what is truly desired here...and why.

 

If the hard drive itself is problematical...deleting anything or formatting the drive...is not likely to be a useful pursuit.  The first order of business I would elect would be to run the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic utility.

 

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 09:19 PM

No free space is being deleted. According to Post #3 free space is being marked as allocated in the Master File Table. In any case it would be wise to run the disk diagnostic.

 

CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the master file table (MFT) bitmap.

Explanation:

Chkdsk will mark the space as free so the file system can use it.

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 01:56 AM

Are you running CHKDSK with a command switch or just by typing its name? If you just type CHKDSK, it will only deliver a report. In that case, run CHKDSK /R to do repairs.

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Posted 30 November 2016 - 11:08 AM

I assumed that what the OP was talking about is the small section that Windows reserves outside of the active partition. I guess I wasn't clear in my first post.... what I meant is that after the reformat if he still has the same message I would suspect that his HDD is starting to fail. Using Seatools for DOS on the long test option would settle that possibility.


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