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Old 01-04-09, 06:46 AM   #1
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Help me out here guys, this is making me nuts.

My total hdd space used shows 181gb used out of 931gb available, using C:\>properties.

When I open it, the totals of all individual folders weighs in at under 50Gb. I'm doing this by checking the properties of every single folder that shows under C:\ for size and adding those sizes.

What am I missing here?

Thanks in advance!

EDIT: Also using SequoiaView, which sheds no light on this for me.
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Old 01-04-09, 07:49 AM   #2
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Some weird Vista thing where it uses your hdd space but doesn't tell you about it,
That's whats happening.

System Restore, Shadow Something...
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Old 01-04-09, 07:56 AM   #3
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Tried the same and it's about right for me, Grey. Are you showing hidden files?
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Old 01-04-09, 08:21 AM   #4
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Yep, showing hidden files and all. I think XDanger may be onto something, shadow volumes, but they don't use near that much space. I've been uninstalling anything and everything I rarely use and digging through files all morning.

What's nagging me is I vaguely remember reading about something like this before, and there is a way to find it, I'm just not having any luck locating another article like that today.
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Old 01-04-09, 08:30 AM   #5
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My Vista 64bit install lives on an old 36gb raptor, No matter what I uninstall from it, it always leaves about 4gb free space, Theres no system restore thing on there.

Its numbers don't add up either.
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Old 01-04-09, 08:35 AM   #6
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I have to find that article I read. It's not like I'm hurting for hdd space, but I like to know what's there, especially when it's showing over 3 times the space used than i can account for.

This may turn into my first, real, Vista gripe.
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Old 01-04-09, 08:59 AM   #7
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do you have system restore enabled? if so it probably is that as has been said. you can clean out your old restore points or completely disable it which is the first thing I always do on a fresh install.
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Old 01-04-09, 09:08 AM   #8
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do you have system restore enabled? if so it probably is that as has been said. you can clean out your old restore points or completely disable it which is the first thing I always do on a fresh install.
I do actually, this is worth a shot. Thanks.

EDIT: That was it! Went from 181gb used down to 45 used. Thanks jojo81! I had no idea sysrestore used that much space.

Another EDIT: My rig now boots 15 - 20 seconds faster too! LOL, this is great
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systemrestore will use as much space as you let it.
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systemrestore will use as much space as you let it.
I guess...I thought it was restricted to a certain number of and size of restore points.

I won't make that mistake again.
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Old 01-04-09, 01:15 PM   #11
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all the system restore stuff is stored in System Volume Information folder. give yourself permissions and you can peek inside
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I'll remember that should I ever use the feature again. It's just odd that it didn't show the right size under folder properties.
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