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Thread: >31 GB disk space missing eating up all the HD w/ restore OFF

  1. #1
    Bryan Guest

    >31 GB disk space missing eating up all the HD w/ restore OFF

    There are many posts about missing disk space in Vista.
    Even after completely disabling System Restore I still have almost 1/2 my HD
    space missing. Following are the totals used for all directory trees, the
    grand total used, and the total chkdsk reports used. dir/a/s was used for a
    directories and dir/a for c:\ so the hibernation file and pagefile, etc. are
    included in the visible disk space used.
    Where are the 31+ Gigs of space and how can I get it back?

    6 File(s) 4,589,640,338 bytes root
    2 File(s) 258 bytes $Recycle.Bin
    36 File(s) 17,374,572 bytes Boot
    1239 File(s) 4,530,583,455 bytes Downloads
    96 File(s) 45,240,932 bytes Drivers
    4 File(s) 48,658 bytes Garmin
    1 File(s) 135,680 bytes Intel
    109 File(s) 304,378,382 bytes MSOCache
    34078 File(s) 1,261,099,022 bytes OnOffLin
    39 File(s) 12,828,308 bytes perflogs
    0 File(s) 0 bytes preboot
    1202 File(s) 364,731,149 bytes Program Files
    13261 File(s) 2,394,878,728 bytes Program Files (x86)
    710 File(s) 177,276,910 bytes ProgramData
    0 File(s) 0 bytes RRbackups
    23 File(s) 8,995,053 bytes SanDisk 16Meg Card
    41 File(s) 10,976,913 bytes SanDisk 1Gig Card
    455 File(s) 993,513,565 bytes SanDisk 2Gig Card
    17 File(s) 36,560,057 bytes SWSHARE
    2 File(s) 184,320 bytes SystemUpdate
    65249 File(s) 2,489,944,173 bytes Thinkpad T60p
    0 File(s) 0 bytes tvtos
    27297 File(s) 18,684,383,139 bytes Users
    53516 File(s) 11,865,053,121 bytes Windows
    ______________
    47,787,826,733 Total visible used

    ChkDsk Sizes ChkDsk Output
    94,763,417,600 92542400 KB total disk space.
    79,193,509,888 77337412 KB in 189067 files.
    70,610,944 68956 KB in 18530 indexes.
    0 0 KB in bad sectors.
    320,126,976 312624 KB in use by the system.
    67,108,864 65536 KB occupied by the log file.
    15,179,169,792 14823408 KB available on disk.

    4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
    23135600 total allocation units on disk.
    3705852 allocation units available on disk.

    Missing Disk Space
    79,193,509,888 (chkdsk used)
    - 47,787,826,733 (total visible used)
    ------------------
    31,405,683,155 (missing disk space)
    So the questions again are:
    1. What is taking my 31+ gig of disk space?
    2. How can I get it back?

    Thank You,
    -Bryan Andrews
    314-414-3235 bryan.s.a@gmail.com

  2. #2
    Gerry Guest

    Re: >31 GB disk space missing eating up all the HD w/ restore OFF

    Bryan

    A large part will be the System Volume Information Folder -System
    Restore and Shadow Copies -up to 15% of the drive capacity. Other
    programmes can also hide files.

  3. #3
    Bryan Guest

    Re: >31 GB disk space missing eating up all the HD w/ restore OFF

    I disabled all System Restore and Shadow Copies and so the System Volume
    Information folder only has 20,616 bytes in the folder tree. I didn't
    include that in my previous listing because it was protected and didn't show
    up until I changed the permissions. I do thank you for your post because it
    got me to looking at the other "0" byte directories - preboot, RRBackup, and
    tvtos. Unfortunately for those directories it won't let me have access to
    change security unless I change the ownership which i'm hesitent to do for
    fear of breaking something (I have disabled all system restore).
    I am wondering though if the problem isn't RRBackup. It's very name makes
    me think it may be something Lenovo uses for their backup storage. Now that
    Vista does this there isn't any need for theirs and I think I do remember it
    running out of space so maybe it didn't clean up properly...

  4. #4
    Bryan Guest

    Re: >31 GB disk space missing eating up all the HD w/ restore OFF

    I found it !!!!

    It was Lenovo's Restore and Recovery Backup.

    Thanks Gerry as your post got me thinking in the right direction.

  5. #5
    Gerry Guest

    Re: >31 GB disk space missing eating up all the HD w/ restore OFF

    Glad it's sorted Bryan.

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    Re: >31 GB disk space missing eating up all the HD w/ restore OFF

    Hi Bryan and Gerry,

    Your discussion is useful to me. I too noice ~26GB missing in my C driveusing windows Vista. How to see which file/folder this is occupied?

    Thanks in advance.
    Raju

  7. #7
    Ken Blake Guest

    Re: >31 GB disk space missing eating up all the HD w/ restore OFF

    First of all, please clarify what the numbers are. How big is the drive
    supposed to be, and what number or numbers are you seeing for it?

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