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post #11 of 17
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thanks for all the replies everybody. not sure where all my disk space is disappearing to. when you click on my computer, it says I have 878 of 919gb's free. so yes, 81 of my gb is being used on something just for the pc to run. I only have a few programs installed so I don't think I'm using 41 gb's of disk space. I tried using Windirstat and it shows I have 14 gb's in files and 13.4 gb's used in windows if I'm reading it correctly. there is not much more than that except a few gb's for program files, users and sources.

also, where do I find the hdd backups?
aahh i see ur using 42gb of space which i assum is the window's 7 which is fine, im guessing because it says 919mb tht 80g has been partitioned off, have a llook in computer management (search for it in the search bar when u press the windows key) double click storage and double click diskmanangement and see what it says on there on mine it says 300gb of windows files, 400mb of free space
post #12 of 17
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thanks for all the replies everybody. not sure where all my disk space is disappearing to. when you click on my computer, it says I have 878 of 919gb's free. so yes, 81 of my gb is being used on something just for the pc to run. I only have a few programs installed so I don't think I'm using 41 gb's of disk space. I tried using Windirstat and it shows I have 14 gb's in files and 13.4 gb's used in windows if I'm reading it correctly. there is not much more than that except a few gb's for program files, users and sources.

also, where do I find the hdd backups?
There isn't 81Gb being used for "Windows to run on"... it doesn't exist! When you buy a 1Tb drive, you don't get 1Tb of space.

Because of the way computers format hard drive, you will never see a drive format to the full space.

This occurs because the way computers address memory is based on the binary system. In the binary measuring system, one GB does not equal 1000 MB. Instead, one GB equals 1024 MB (since 1024 is binary 2 raised to the 10th power).

However, hard drive manufacturers measure drives in decimal numbers. For a hard drive, one GB does equal 1000 MB.

So, when you format a drive, you actually lose 24 MB per GB formatted simply becuase the computer is formatting in binary a drive that was sold measured in decimal. There has actually been a long-standing feud in the computer world to get hard drive manufacturers to start selling drives based on binary measures so when you buy a 1 TB drive, you'll get a 1 TB drive. Back when drives were small, the amount of space lost was negligible. But now with TB drives common, the amount of space lost, as you are seeing, is quite large.

Add to the above facts that a certain amount of space is needed for the drive partition tables and, of course, Windows itself you will generally see the amount of space you have after a clean format and install.
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post #13 of 17
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thanks MAKECOLDPLAYHISTORY! I understand what your saying. usually when I restore my pc my hd opens up to around 900gb's. when I re-installed windows yesterday it stayed at 865gb's. not only that but it erased all my pre-loaded best buy programs. when I go into add/remove programs everything is empty now except for my graphics card and the few programs I've installed. although I did delete my old windows file and freed up some memory that I'm around 878 now.
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No problem


Sounds about right.

Here's mine. I have a couple of games installed Adobe CS5 Suite, Office and a few other bits of software.



These numbers should be similar for you too

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I guess I should stop worry about my disk space since I still have a ton more, right?
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post #16 of 17
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I guess I should stop worry about my disk space since I still have a ton more, right?
Yes, but it's a good idea to keep an eye on it anyway... just don't fret.

Space soon gets swallowed up - films, music, games... 1Tb can go before you know it
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post #17 of 17
ccleaner is a decent free program but yeah a 500gb hd formats to 465gb and a 1tb drive formats to 931gb and my 2tb drive formats down to a pitiful 1.81tb.............
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