Windows Vista Forums

Big Problem with hard drive

  1. #1



    Junior Member
    Join Date : Oct 2007
    Posts : 10
    Windows Vista 64-Bit
    Local Time: 11:02 AM

    Big Problem with hard drive

    Is there some new feature in windows vista which allocates hard drive space?

    -I installed vista and windows updates (19Gb just for drivers, updates, and vista ultimate)

    Here is all that I have installed, now look at how much space is gone. Can anyone tell me how to fix this?

    Let me show you:


    PLEASE HELP!

    I installed some new game demo's... Played them for a bit and uninstalled them, now my hard drive space is just gone and I don't understand how or why. What you see, is exactly what is installed on my computer and that is it.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2.   


  3. #2



    Junior Member
    Join Date : Oct 2007
    Posts : 10
    Windows Vista 64-Bit
    Local Time: 11:02 AM


      Thread Starter

    Re: Big Problem with hard drive

    Here is whats happening with the second hard drive



    NOTICE THE TOTAL HARD DRIVE SPACE, THE SPACE THATS ACTUALLY USED AND THE SPACE THAT IS SHOWING AS FREE.

    5.65 from 293 is not 274... The hard drive is tripling my Gb used on single files and program installs (Its gotta be a feature of vista that is doing this).

    Please HELP!!!!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #3
    FightingScallion's Avatar

    Enthusiast

    Join Date : Aug 2007
    Posts : 425
    Windows Vista Home Premium x64 SP1
    Local Time: 11:02 AM
    usa us missouri

     

    Re: Big Problem with hard drive

    Don't forget space for formatting. There's also space for "hidden files". Then there is any amount of that used for page-file.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4



    Junior Member
    Join Date : Oct 2007
    Posts : 10
    Windows Vista 64-Bit
    Local Time: 11:02 AM


      Thread Starter

    Re: Big Problem with hard drive

    I found the problem, I am posting my fix in the hopes it will help others who run accross this problem.




    Alot of hard drive space was recovered for partition one.

    To fix partition two I had to take the following steps:
    -Copy all files from partition two to a temporary directory on partition one.
    Run Windows XP SP2 install by booting from the cd
    -Destroy partition two and recreate it with the unused 80Gb which was previously assigned to an old dual boot XP/Vista installation.
    -Quick format new partition two and cut+paste everything from partition one temporary directory back over to partition two.

    Now partition two allocates space correctly.

    The next step was cleanmgr and ccleaner for the registry to be fixed.

    Last edited by Mike-Vista_x64; 04 Nov 2007 at 11:29 AM.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #5



    Member
    Join Date : Sep 2007
    Posts : 75
    Vista Ultimate x64
    Local Time: 12:02 PM


     

    Re: Big Problem with hard drive

    Interesting...

    could you tell me how you accessed "Volume Shadow"?? Thanks.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #6



    Junior Member
    Join Date : Oct 2007
    Posts : 10
    Windows Vista 64-Bit
    Local Time: 11:02 AM


      Thread Starter

    Re: Big Problem with hard drive

    Start - In the start search box type

    services.msc and press enter

    scroll thru the list and find shadow copy.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #7



    Member
    Join Date : Sep 2007
    Posts : 75
    Vista Ultimate x64
    Local Time: 12:02 PM


     

    Re: Big Problem with hard drive

    Cool tip... thank you!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


Big Problem with hard drive
Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Hard Drive Problem? Vista General
Hard Drive Problem Vista hardware & devices
Hard drive problem Vista General
hard drive problem Vista hardware & devices
Hard Drive Problem Vista hardware & devices