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Mr. Sushi

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#1
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
 
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dijital

Guest
#4
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.
 
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Mr. Sushi

Guest
#7
wait i dont udnerstand, are you saying this error occurs frequently and i can fix it with norton disk doctor?
 

Cosmin

Graphic Designer
#8
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 ..
 
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Mr. Sushi

Guest
#9
oh, did this problem also occur after reinstallation? also any idea why this problem occurs?
 

Bytes Back

Ex Police Chief
#10
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
 
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Mr. Sushi

Guest
#12
why would the XP install take 2 gigs? are you saying everytime i install XP it will take away 2 gigs?
 

Bytes Back

Ex Police Chief
#13
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.
 

Bytes Back

Ex Police Chief
#15
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 :)
 
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Mr. Sushi

Guest
#16
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.
 

Bytes Back

Ex Police Chief
#17
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.
 

Cosmin

Graphic Designer
#19
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 !
 

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