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Hidden used space on my protable hard drive?

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Hey guys, simple question:

I just bought a Seagate expansion drive. I registered it and started moving files into it from my old hard drive. However, I clicked an extra folder I did not want, so I cancelled the transfer and moved back the 2gb of data that was already moved. However, when I click on properties on the HDD. There is .98GB used space. The only thing currently on the drive is the Seagate registration software, which is ~3.5 mb. Are there hidden files on the drive that are taking up this space, or is that some leftover data from the transfer? If it is the latter, how do you free up that space again? I don't know what that .98GB could be from.

Thanks! smile.gif

Edit: I tried folder options, but it was already selected to show hidden files, and I see nothing on the drive besides a few files for the product set (registration).
Edited by apav - 2/19/13 at 11:49am
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Easiest way would be to completely reformat the drive, it may have a temp file on it, but reformatting will clear that definitely.
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Easiest way would be to completely reformat the drive, it may have a temp file on it, but reformatting will clear that definitely.

Done, thanks for reminding me that, +rep to you (and because you live on Long Island too! smile.gif ). I just did a quick format through disk management. Will it perform differently now? It's still NTFS format, but I don't know if Seagate used a special NTFS format just for their drives, or something, and this format undid any sort of optimization for the hard drive, or something like that.
Edited by apav - 2/19/13 at 12:09pm
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