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Ext HD free space on disk way too low; used way too high

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#1 !@@**##


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 08:54 AM

I have a 1 T external hard drive.  It shows only 1 GB of free space and 999 GB used space under the properties pie chart and this is the way it is operating; you cannot save to this disk because there is insufficient space.

This seems to be way more used space than actual.  When you look at properties for individual folders, it adds up to less than 100 GB.


What could be happening?


I already cleared the recycle bin.


I am using this for everyday folder and document activities.  Most of my document preparation and downloading is directly to this disk, rather than to drive C:.

Edited by !@@**##, 28 November 2017 - 09:21 AM.

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 09:22 AM

Run WinDirStat on the drive. It should tell you what is using all this disk space. One thing to check is make sure you do not have System Restore set on the external drive or if you do dial back the space used for Restore Points.


Is the most important data on this drive backed up to another drive? A hard drive can fail at any time.


What OS are you using?

Edited by JohnC_21, 28 November 2017 - 09:23 AM.

#3 !@@**##

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 11:32 AM

I ran WinDirStat and it shows multiple backups of the C: drive, accounting for 76% of the space.  This makes sense.  Dell Backup and Recovery is loaded on the C: drive.  I will try to learn how to change those settings and also delete old backups.


Thanks for this help.  Just what I needed.

Edited by !@@**##, 28 November 2017 - 11:35 AM.

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 12:25 PM

You only need/want...one good working backup, no point in more.  If the latest works properly, all earlier backups are just a waste of space.



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