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Old 03. Oct 2009, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Where are all the space in my computer?

Can some one help me find where is all the space I had in my computer?

My laptop is 176GB.

My user (only my user and a guest user - empty) has 45GB of stuff.

Program File is 20GB and my Windows folder is 9GB.

So I have in my computer 74GB used from 176GB. I should have at least 100GB free but my system says I only have 47GB free. Which is 50GB difference. Can anyone please help me to get somehow more space free? I have checked all C: and I can't see where is all that 50GB space?

Please any help or advice would be very much appreciated.

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Old 03. Oct 2009, 02:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The extra space might have not been allocated.

You might want to resize the partition to a larger size from the unallocated space.

See Best Free Partition manager which can be used for this purpose.
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Old 03. Oct 2009, 02:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot for the advice.
I'll try to do that right now.
Do you think even someone who does not understand that much can use this program and make it work properly?
Can I damage something in my PC?

Thanks a lot indeed.

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Old 03. Oct 2009, 03:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you think even someone who does not understand that much can use this program and make it work properly?
Can I damage something in my PC?
Yes, you could cause yourself significant problems if you use this type of software incorrectly.

Personally I would try one of these first -
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...e-analyzer.htm
or
http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/s...fer/index.html
which is mentioned in some of the visitors comments in that section.
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The partition C is of 176 GB, or the whole hard disk? If you have a recovery partition, then some space might be used up for that.

You should take proper backup of your system before proceeding with softwares like Partition Manager. Things can go wrong, and it is advised to have a working image of your hard disk, and/or also a backup... so that you are able to restore your laptop as it was.

To find out where the space of your hard disk is being used up, I would suggest using softwares like WinDirStat, or TreeSize. These softwares will help you see the disk usage in various files, and folders in a graphic way. This makes it quite easy for you to figure out, where the space is being used up. You can then take appropriate measures.

Do you have any other partition besides the C drive?
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Old 03. Oct 2009, 03:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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To simply look for the presence of a hidden system recovery partition (and any other partitions or unallocated space) on your PC you could run Windows Disk Management tool :-

The easiest way to access the disk management console is go to Start-Run and enter "diskmgmt.msc" (without the quotes).

PS. As Anupam says, make sure you have adequate backups of you important files before tampering with your partitions.

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The easiest way to access the disk management console is go to Start-Run and enter "diskmgmt.msc" (without the quotes).
Yes, that's the most convenient way to check if there's unallocated space in your hard disk. That can also be used to shrink or extend a volume [Edit: available to Vista and newer.] (i.e. reduce or increase the size of a partition.)

I resize partitions quite a number of times and it's ok, but do a backup of important files, as highlighted, on the safe side.

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Old 03. Oct 2009, 08:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Guys, thanks a lot for all this help and advice.
I went to this Disk Management and got lots of numbers but, in my case, I don't understand what are they for?!

I have only one Disk0 - Only one partition.
and on the top I have 3 lines:

Volume:
First one empty - capacity 10.06 GB - Status Healthy EISA Configuration Space - FREE 10.06GB (what is that?)

Second C: - capacity 176.24GB - Free 43.91GB

Third F: - Capacity 0 - Free 0

That's the only thing I have in this Disk Management. My laptop is a 200GB but I understand you never get the whole space.

Thanks again for all advice you kindly send to me.

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I have only one Disk0 - Only one partition.
and on the top I have 3 lines:

Volume:
First one empty - capacity 10.06 GB - Status Healthy EISA Configuration Space - FREE 10.06GB (what is that?)

Second C: - capacity 176.24GB - Free 43.91GB

Third F: - Capacity 0 - Free 0
One article I found which explains exactly what the EISA Configuration partition is - here. Unless you are confident and fully backed up, I would not be tempted to try to remove it though.

The C: partition is where your operating system and personal data are stored - you could investigate what files are taking up the largest amounts of space here by using one of the disk space analysers mentioned earlier.

I'm not sure why you have a third partition labelled F: which has a zero capacity?

Also it may help others to offer more specific advice if you post the make and model of your PC, and your operating system.
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sounds like its a hidden restore partition. I would also check your system restore file and clean it up to recent restore points and oh yeah you might want to check the size of your page file and adjust it back to its default size........control panel...... system....advanced settings

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PS: Don't mess with partition managers until you know what your doing
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