Missing SPace

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Mr. Sushi, May 17, 2002.

  1. Mr. Sushi

    Mr. Sushi Guest

    when i started with my comp i only had 76 gigs that is displayed from my 80 gig HD. i just guessed that XP was taking up those 4 gigs. than i had to reinstall XP to fix problems and found out that i only have 74 gigs? where did those 2 gigs go? ahh
     
  2. Mr. Sushi

    Mr. Sushi Guest

    btw the amount of gigs i had left was the maximum amount i could have.
     
  3. Narcissus

    Narcissus Guest

    That sounds about right!!

    I have a 40gig drive but can only use 38
     
  4. dijital

    dijital Guest

    regarding the first format, you said you had 76 gbs showing out of 80? that is correct. i have the same thing as you.

    regarding the extra 2 gbs your missing? maybe you made another partition without knowing. the easiest way to check is to use a bootdisk and boot into dos. use the fdisk utility and it'll show you what partitions you currently have.

    if your drive is ntfs, you'll have to look under non-dos partitions.
     
  5. Mr. Sushi

    Mr. Sushi Guest

    sweet, thanks
     
  6. Cosmin

    Cosmin Graphic Designer

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    There are several errors ( this type ) that can be removed with norton disk doctor used frequently ..
     
  7. Mr. Sushi

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    wait i dont udnerstand, are you saying this error occurs frequently and i can fix it with norton disk doctor?
     
  8. Cosmin

    Cosmin Graphic Designer

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    Yes , you haven't knew allready that ?
    My experience : dissapeared almost 400 mb from my hdd and after 2 scans with ndd that unshowed ' space came back .
    It will scan your system before entering in Windows ..
     
  9. Mr. Sushi

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    oh, did this problem also occur after reinstallation? also any idea why this problem occurs?
     
  10. Bytes Back

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    Out of an 80 gig drive you are nevcer going to get 80 gb.

    Remember that hard drive manufacturers call 1 GB 1000 MB, whereas windows does it properly ( never thought I'd say that :rolleyes: ) and call 1GB 1024 MB

    So 80000 / 1024 = 78.125 so a real 78GB

    Now take away partition tables, formnatting etc probably another gig or two and thats why you only get 76GB

    76GB minus xp install = about 74 GB
     
  11. xsivforce

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    Well put Double B. :cool:
     
  12. Mr. Sushi

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    why would the XP install take 2 gigs? are you saying everytime i install XP it will take away 2 gigs?
     
  13. Bytes Back

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    No, im not saying 2GB will dissapear every time you install xp.

    if you install xp it will take about 1 1/2 Gb plus page file which could be from 192 MB to 768 MB or even more. This accounts for 2gb for xp.

    If you format the drive first or use a recovery disk which does that for you then the above sums are correct.

    One of my hard drives is 40GB, out of that 40GB the actual usable space is 38.4 GB and 19GB out of my 20GB drive.
     
  14. Mr. Sushi

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    so is there anway i can get this space back?
     
  15. Bytes Back

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    EH :confused:

    Theres no space to get back

    Look,

    80 GB Manufacturers size = 78 GB REAL size

    Formatting and partition tables etc take up space

    78GB - Formatting and partitioning = 76GB

    Install XP = 2GB

    76GB - 2GB = 74

    Thats what you have, it's correct

    Then only way to have all the space free on your hard drive is to remove all the partitions so it's utterly blank. :D

    Not much help to using your machine :)
     
  16. Mr. Sushi

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    okay, the thing i just didnt get was when i got my comp it had 76 gigs,, now i had to reinstall XP because it had some problems and now it only has 74... i just thought i could get it back..because i had it at one time.
     
  17. Bytes Back

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    If your drive is formatted as FAT32 then should windows crash it can leave errors in the MBR and/or FAT. This can the cause windows to misreport the size of the free space. Just wondering if thats likely.
     
  18. Narcissus

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    its so simple!!!

    I give in, looks like your floggin a dead horse! lol
     
  19. Cosmin

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    windows or other OS or program will not show exacly !! the hdd space ( totally ) . If this happends it's 99% there are bads on disk !
     
  20. Mr. Sushi

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    bads on disc = virus?