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I have 181 GB HD and it says that I have 165 GB available but I just reformatted and when I highlight all of the folders in my C drive it only comes up at 2.5 GB.

I reinstalled windows and when I selected the partition it said that I couldn't delete it because I needed for the installation, so I just added onto it. It said that if there was an existing OS on there it would overwrite it but it still has the space taken up. Is there any way to free up that space?
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what the heck, how about a screenie of the .... xp... disk management thingy... heh
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When companys say a hard drive is, for example, 80GB, they actually mean 80Gigabits. They dont mesure a megabyte as 1024KB; they mesure it as 1,000KB. There fore it is smaller. I think :S - its been a long time since I did the math for this.
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Originally Posted by The_Jester
When companys say a hard drive is, for example, 80GB, they actually mean 80Gigabits. They dont mesure a megabyte as 1024KB; they mesure it as 1,000KB. There fore it is smaller. I think :S - its been a long time since I did the math for this.
Exactly hard drives are never what they say on the box.
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Well the HDD is never the actuall size it says on the box. They alway round it up to the nearest 5-10gb.
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It is mostly because of the conversion of units, binary megabytes and decimol megabytes.

BIOS and Hard Disk makers report it in decimal MB/GB while utilities report the space in binary MB.

So it is a difference between 1,000,000 bytes, and 1,048,576 bytes. About 5%.
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post #8 of 10
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No I mean it's supposed to be a 200gb HD and I get 181, I get that. The thing I don't get is how it says I have 15+GB taken up after reformatting and when i highlight all the folders it only says i have 3GB taken up.
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Originally Posted by burgerpimp07
No I mean it's supposed to be a 200gb HD and I get 181, I get that. The thing I don't get is how it says I have 15+GB taken up after reformatting and when i highlight all the folders it only says i have 3GB taken up.
er...u should go check ur virtual memory setting also with how many % space u using on recycle bin ... hope this can help u .
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post #10 of 10
There are a bunch of hidden files in the root of c:, two of which can be huge.
The windows swapfile (pagefile.sys) can easily take over 1GB of space, and the hybernation file (don't know filename) will take 2GB at least (if hybernation is enabled).

Go to your C: drive, click 'tools' --> 'Folder Options', then click the 'view' tab, and click on the radio button next to 'Show hidden files and folders'. Also, check off the 'Hide protected operating system files'. Now you will see all hidden stuff in C:

DO NOT EVER EVER delete any of these hidden files, since they are crucial for Windows to operate.

Also, check the contents of your recycle bin, and empty it if needed.

After you peeked at the hidden stuff, reverse your steps and hide them again to avoid future accidental deletions.
    
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