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Old 02-18-2007, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default A few gb missing

I formatted my hdd yesterday, and I'm wondering if the following is normal: when I right click on my C drive and go to properties it says I have used 15.3 gb. However, when I go into the C drive itself and highlight all the files and folders, they only add up to 11.1 gb. I was wondering where the extra 4.2 gb are? I don't know if this makes a difference or not, but I did have hidden folders displayed when I highlighted all the contents of the C drive.

I was just wondering if I should reformat my computer to try to recover the lost space.

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Old 02-18-2007, 07:53 PM   #2
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Probably system files for Windows XP. Whenever you format a drive, you will never get all of the space it says on the box. like an 80GB drive you will probably get around 74GB.
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Old 02-18-2007, 08:17 PM   #3
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that and becuase to start up your computer it requires hard drive space that must be used. for instance i have a 200gb hard drive. i have 184gb on my C: drive and 4.15 gb on my D: drive.
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Default Re: A few gb missing

also, some of it will be taken up by your page file
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I think that's normal.
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Old 02-18-2007, 11:49 PM   #6
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Default Re: A few gb missing

I only use about 154Gb of my 160GB HDD. It's perfectly normal.
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