TECH Having a problem with harddrive space recognition.

AtheistUnicycle

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May 20, 2008
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Valley Stream/Potsdam, NY
My friend recently bought a ~500 GB hard drive for his computer, and he has put ~24GB that he can account for, plus windows vista business. The computer is saying that the C: has ~130 GB taken up. We've checked for hidden folders and there's nowhere near 106 GB - whatever vista is. Can anyone help us figure out what's taking the rest of the space?
 
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AtheistUnicycle

AtheistUnicycle

hey baby let me heuristically estimate your pussy
May 20, 2008
10,208
Valley Stream/Potsdam, NY
We have already used WinDirStat and we find that there are only 60 gigs (approx) being used while both window and Auslogics tell me that 130 gigs are being used. Also my friend had 127 gigs used yesterday and the only things he's done has been to update the definition files on his avg and adaware.
 

Doomsday

XXX
Mar 14, 2000
14,835
Minnesota
We have already used WinDirStat and we find that there are only 60 gigs (approx) being used while both window and Auslogics tell me that 130 gigs are being used. Also my friend had 127 gigs used yesterday and the only things he's done has been to update the definition files on his avg and adaware.

looks like Vista's Volume Shadow Copy.
turn off system restore, reboot, and check if it did free off the unaccounted space
 

Doomsday

XXX
Mar 14, 2000
14,835
Minnesota
It was the system restore, we turned it off. Is there a way to set a cap as to how much the system restore can store?

1. open an elevated command prompt (run as administrator)
2. type without quotes: 'vssadmin resize shadowstorage /on=c: /for=c: /maxSize=10GB'
** 'c:' is your drive, '10GB' is the cap
3. reboot
 

Doomsday

XXX
Mar 14, 2000
14,835
Minnesota
btw,... by default, Vista sets it at 15% of the total drive size, or 30% of available space, whichever is smaller.

don't cap it too low.
 

Doomsday

XXX
Mar 14, 2000
14,835
Minnesota
what is considered "too low", and why is it too low?

'too low' would be if you try to restore something and it says its not available.

or if system restore starts saying "there is not enough space, do you want to continue?" or something like that.

note: if there is enough space, system restore will simply overwrite old ones
 

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