Computer Forums Space on Harddrive problem

 07-06-2008, 10:45 PM #1 Beta Member   Join Date: Jul 2008 Posts: 4 Space on Harddrive problem So my computer is trying to tell me that i have only 54.8gbs left on my computer out of 137 but i know that that cant be right! the only big things i have on my computer is about 52.3gigs of videos, music and a few other things i add up the total for everthing else ( mainly the Windows file and Program files) which all add up to a grand total of 67.38gigs! so why is my computer saying that ive used 82.6gigs?????? one other thing, then i right click C:USERS and see how many gigs it is, its says that its 59gb but when i go into the folder and check the size of everything in it, it only adds up to 52.3, so why is ther a 6.7 gb gap?!?!?!?!? this is really bothering me can someone please help me out, thank you __________________ __________________
07-06-2008, 10:50 PM   #2
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Re: Space on Harddrive problem

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 Originally Posted by Neodude112320 *Clears throat* GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes GiB = 1,073,741,824 bytes What the O/S calls a gigabyte is actually a gibibyte (GiB) = 1*1024*1024*1024=1073741824 bytes. 320000000000 / 1073741824 = 298.02 (GiB) 320 GB = 298 GiB
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 07-06-2008, 10:55 PM #3 Beta Member   Join Date: Jul 2008 Posts: 4 Re: Space on Harddrive problem im not sure i understand... __________________
 07-06-2008, 11:01 PM #4 Guru     Join Date: Jan 2008 Location: U.S. Posts: 7,841 Re: Space on Harddrive problem The OS reads bytes/megabytes/etc in base 1024, while we use base 1000. So the OS Gigabyte takes up more bytes then our Gigabyte. So that's where you get the difference with your calculation. __________________
 07-06-2008, 11:04 PM #5 In Runtime     Join Date: Apr 2006 Posts: 223 Re: Space on Harddrive problem if you want to free up space just uninstall programs you dont use vidoes you dont watch etc.... __________________ Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz|2.00 GB DDR2 800mhz|NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX OC|Evega Nforce 680 SLI|500 gig HD|
 07-06-2008, 11:13 PM #6 Beta Member   Join Date: Jul 2008 Posts: 4 Re: Space on Harddrive problem that would make things a little easier to understand... thanks! __________________
 07-06-2008, 11:15 PM #7 Guru     Join Date: Jan 2008 Location: U.S. Posts: 7,841 Re: Space on Harddrive problem Thank neodude =p __________________
 07-06-2008, 11:24 PM #8 Beta Member   Join Date: Jul 2008 Posts: 4 Re: Space on Harddrive problem ah... well *yells off into the distant horizon* THANKS NEODUDE!! does Recovery (D take up space from from my HD? because i added up everything on my computer, even calculated what it would really be since O/S does that, and it came to be that i should have about 60 gigs left on my computer, but my computer says 50gigs __________________
 07-07-2008, 10:26 AM #9 BSOD     Join Date: Jun 2008 Posts: 175 Re: Space on Harddrive problem yes, recovery does take up some hdd space __________________
 07-07-2008, 03:14 PM #10 Daemon Poster     Join Date: Jan 2008 Posts: 1,019 Re: Space on Harddrive problem You shouldn't worry about this. The calculation changes because of what neodude's post explains, and you simply can't "find" the lost space because it isn't lost. You're fine. __________________ __________________ Intel Q6600 @ 3204Mhz ~ Tuniq Tower 120 ~Corsair XMS2 5GB ~ WD VelociRaptor 150GB Main ~ WD 1TB Black ~ EVGA 8800GTS 640MB ~ 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)