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I just re-installed Windows along with all the drivers and programs I want. Now I want to image the HD. I have a few questions regarding this process:

1) When I right click on my C Drive to see how much used/free space I have, it says I'm using 29+ GB. Yet when I explore the drive and check the properties of all the contents of the drive (including hidden/protected OS files) it says they are only 20GB. What is taking up that extra 9GB?

2) How do I go about imaging my drive so that if my drive fails I can restore an exact copy of my drive? I want to be able to install new HD, or just ghost this same HD from fresh to be exactly how my HD is now (including the boot sector of course). What is the best program to do this with? I have Norton Ghost 12 but the only option I see is "Copy HD" and it just copies the contents to another HD. Does that copy all the hidden/protected files and the boot sector? Also, how would I restore the HD if I couldn't boot into an OS?
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Because 250 gb hdd has only 241gb and change.The difference between 1000MB and 1024 MB.Long story...divivide 250GB by 1024 MB =241GB
    
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Because 250 gb hdd has only 241gb and change.The difference between 1000MB and 1024 MB.Long story...divivide 250GB by 1024 MB =241GB
That is not what was asked.

The 9GB is probably hidden system files, possibly a pagefile.

Sometimes a defragment will fix issues like that. You'll probably want to defragment before you copy everything anyway, especially if it is doing a copy.
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That is not what was asked.

The 9GB is probably hidden system files, possibly a pagefile.
No, it's not hidden files because I've unhidden them as well as protected operating system files. I can see the page file, which is included. I don't understand what is taking up the extra 9GB.
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My bad I answered the ? above .
    
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Sometimes defragmenting a drive will fix whatever problems it was having with reading space usage data.
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Sometimes defragmenting a drive will fix whatever problems it was having with reading space usage data.
I can't see that helping in this situation, I just re-installed my OS last night.
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how much overall space used and unused does it say you have
    
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Capacity = 250,057,060,352 bytes = 232GB

Used Space = 32,752,836,608 bytes = 30.5GB
Free Space = 217,304,223,744 bytes = 202GB
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Old windows O.S.or did you format?
    
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