Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


ajobbins

Awesome
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

#32022 8-Apr-2009 18:38
Send private message

I recently noticed the Diskspace on my laptop had dropped quite dramatically (Around 20GB). I ran the Disk Clean Up to see if that improved things, however it only freed a couple of Gigs.

Keen to see what was eating space I installed TreeSize Professional.

TreeSize Professional shows that my C: drive is using 81.0GB - Which seems about right, however windows reports I am using 106GB - a 25GB difference.

Is anyone able to provide an explanation?

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
Affiliate link
 
 
 

Affiliate link: Life360 protects each family member with advanced driving, digital, and location safety features. Choose the plan that fits your family’s size and life stage.
coffeebaron
5923 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #206060 8-Apr-2009 19:19
Send private message

I have an HP laptop which has about 15GB missing space. This is after a fresh recovery too (for this reason). Waiting for replacement recovery disks, so I can do a full wipe of the drive and see how I go.




Rural IT and Broadband support.

 

Broadband troubleshooting and master filter installs.
Starlink installer
Wi-Fi and networking
Cel-Fi supply and installer - boost your mobile phone coverage legally
Rural Broadband RBI installer for Ultimate Broadband and Full Flavour

 

Need help in Auckland, Waikato or BoP? Click my email button, or email me direct: [my user name] at geekzonemail dot com


xpd

xpd
Trash bandit
11920 posts

Uber Geek

Retired Mod
ID Verified
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #206070 8-Apr-2009 20:10
Send private message

Run Scandisk - Windows occasionally (or use to) show incorrect disk usage/free space at random times - a scan disk usually fixed it.




       Gavin / xpd / FastRaccoon

 

Website - Photo Gallery - Instagram

 

 


garvani
1874 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #206102 8-Apr-2009 22:14
Send private message

xpd: Run Scandisk - Windows occasionally (or use to) show incorrect disk usage/free space at random times - a scan disk usually fixed it.

+1  Most likely a file allocation table error, easy fix with a scandisk Cool..



ajobbins

Awesome
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #206107 8-Apr-2009 22:38
Send private message

I gave it the full error checking works, which took a good couple of hours...but no change.

honem
194 posts

Master Geek

Trusted

  #206126 9-Apr-2009 03:45
Send private message

I'ld try a master - slave drive thing myself.


What does the Dos shell report the usage as ?




==================================
- Hone , Often accused of Excess Verbosity
==================================

ajobbins

Awesome
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #206169 9-Apr-2009 12:14
Send private message

Not sure what you mean master/slave thing. This is a Laptop.

As it is XP there is no 'DOS', only a command prompt which shows the same space free as windows.

xpd

xpd
Trash bandit
11920 posts

Uber Geek

Retired Mod
ID Verified
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #206171 9-Apr-2009 12:29
Send private message

Find out what brand drive it is, and go find the support utils for it - ie: Seatools for Seagate drives.

Even try running UltimateBootDisk and use the tools there to check the drive.




       Gavin / xpd / FastRaccoon

 

Website - Photo Gallery - Instagram

 

 




mjb

mjb
927 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  #206174 9-Apr-2009 12:47
Send private message

Before you go overboard, check with another disk usage tool first, such as windirstat: http://windirstat.info/.

It's possible that TreeSize Professional is not accounting for hidden or system files, such as the horrible windows installer cache.




contentsofsignaturemaysettleduringshipping


freitasm
BDFL - Memuneh
73927 posts

Uber Geek

Administrator
ID Verified
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  #206175 9-Apr-2009 12:51
Send private message

Even better, right-click the disk, Properties and click the Disk Cleanup button.

Some things to note: clean the hibernation file if you don't use it - this will remove the hibernation file and disable the feature (you can enable it in Control Panel if needed).

Also in disk Cleanup look for the button to delete old System Restore points - this will free up a lot depending on how many installs and updates you ran on your box.







Are you happy with Geekzone? Consider subscribing or making a donation.

 

 

 

freitasm on Keybase | My technology disclosure 

 

These links are referral codes: Sharesies | Mighty Ape | Norton 360 | Lenovo laptops | GoodsyncGeekzone Blockchain Project


ajobbins

Awesome
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #206182 9-Apr-2009 13:46
Send private message

freitasm: Even better, right-click the disk, Properties and click the Disk Cleanup button.

Some things to note: clean the hibernation file if you don't use it - this will remove the hibernation file and disable the feature (you can enable it in Control Panel if needed).

Also in disk Cleanup look for the button to delete old System Restore points - this will free up a lot depending on how many installs and updates you ran on your box.





That was actually the first thing i tried.

richgamer
224 posts

Master Geek
Inactive user


  #206187 9-Apr-2009 14:31
Send private message

quick, windows xp support ends on april 14th. email windows xp support here:

http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173

click on "windows xp support center" then click on contacts, then click on contact a support professional by e-mail, online, or phone.

tell them everything that happens and everything you have done to try fix it.

adamj: I recently noticed the Diskspace on my laptop had dropped quite dramatically (Around 20GB). I ran the Disk Clean Up to see if that improved things, however it only freed a couple of Gigs.

Keen to see what was eating space I installed TreeSize Professional.

TreeSize Professional shows that my C: drive is using 81.0GB - Which seems about right, however windows reports I am using 106GB - a 25GB difference.

Is anyone able to provide an explanation?

honem
194 posts

Master Geek

Trusted

  #206210 9-Apr-2009 16:41
Send private message

richgamer: quick, windows xp support ends on april 14th. email windows xp support here:
http://support.microsoft.com/ph/1173



Not exactly helpfull richgamer.


Support for Windows XP is I feel . irrelevant to this conversation. This is Geezone. We draw on the collective minds and powers of many geeks in NZ.  An O/s that is or is not being supported doesn't matter. What matters is that we help each other to solve problems.


I feel the link you posted was sort of like you saying "i don't know how to answer this question but I bet an answer could found somewhere in this haystack here <link to haystack"




==================================
- Hone , Often accused of Excess Verbosity
==================================

honem
194 posts

Master Geek

Trusted

  #206214 9-Apr-2009 16:49
Send private message

adamj: Not sure what you mean master/slave thing. This is a Laptop.

As it is XP there is no 'DOS', only a command prompt which shows the same space free as windows.



O_O Thought I edited that reply.


What I meant was to use someone else's windows installation to confirm the disk space. You can do this by either taking the drive out of the comouter and setting up as slave to another disk in a different computer or by connecting it up to a different computer back to back via a special network cable (can't remember the name crossover cable ?). Personally I think the crossover cable method might work best. In either case it's all taking your windows installation completely out of the equation.


The command prompt in XP is MSDOS isn't it :D .. Yeah I well remember my batch file tinkering days we called it DOS back then




==================================
- Hone , Often accused of Excess Verbosity
==================================

tkr001
399 posts

Ultimate Geek


  #206229 9-Apr-2009 17:59
Send private message

honem:
adamj: Not sure what you mean master/slave thing. This is a Laptop.

As it is XP there is no 'DOS', only a command prompt which shows the same space free as windows.



The command prompt in XP is MSDOS isn't it :D .. Yeah I well remember my batch file tinkering days we called it DOS back then


No it isn't. IIRC Win98 was the last DOS based MS OS. ME was a sort of halfway house and XP no DOS at all.

honem
194 posts

Master Geek

Trusted

  #206232 9-Apr-2009 18:30
Send private message

tkr001:
honem:
adamj: Not sure what you mean master/slave thing. This is a Laptop.

As it is XP there is no 'DOS', only a command prompt which shows the same space free as windows.



The command prompt in XP is MSDOS isn't it :D .. Yeah I well remember my batch file tinkering days we called it DOS back then


No it isn't. IIRC Win98 was the last DOS based MS OS. ME was a sort of halfway house and XP no DOS at all.



Um.....


What comes up when you go Start->Run "command.com". That's DOS IMHO . It may not be a complete operating system but its still a CLI tool you can use.


OP : Whats the Bios say about that drive ?




==================================
- Hone , Often accused of Excess Verbosity
==================================

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic





News and reviews »

New Zealand Video Game Sales Reaches $540 Million
Posted 26-Jun-2022 14:49


Github Copilot Generally Available to All Developers
Posted 26-Jun-2022 14:37


Logitech G Introduces the New Astro A10 Headset
Posted 26-Jun-2022 14:20


Fitbit introduces Sleep Profiles
Posted 26-Jun-2022 14:11


Synology Introduces FlashStation FS3410
Posted 26-Jun-2022 14:04


Intel Arc A380 Graphics First Available in China
Posted 15-Jun-2022 17:08


JBL Introduces PartyBox Encore Essential Speaker
Posted 15-Jun-2022 17:05


New TVNZ+ streaming brand launches
Posted 13-Jun-2022 08:35


Chromecast With Google TV Review
Posted 10-Jun-2022 17:10


Xbox Gaming on Your Samsung Smart TV No Console Required
Posted 10-Jun-2022 00:01


Xbox Cloud Gaming Now Available in New Zealand
Posted 10-Jun-2022 00:01


HP Envy Inspire 7900e Review
Posted 9-Jun-2022 20:31


Philips Hue Starter Kit Review
Posted 4-Jun-2022 11:10


Sony Expands Its Wireless Speaker X-series Range
Posted 4-Jun-2022 10:25


Microsoft Updates Surface Laptop Go With 11th Gen Intel CPUs
Posted 2-Jun-2022 07:12









Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.