external hard drive help

i have a 320gb hard drive in windows 7 it shows
298gb total size
278 free space.
i cant see any files on the drive as i deleted them. yet 20gb seems to be invisible

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Empty recycle bin with drive plugged in

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Some of the 20GB is being used up as that is where you operating system is stored as well as programs installed. Hope that helps.

Not on an external hard drive it isn't, unless the virtual memory settings have been played with.

If there are no files on it. Try formatting it (right click it in my computer and click Format...) Sometimes files that go corrupt just disappear or are deleted by windows but the space isn't marked as empty for whatever reason. Not saying that formatting it will definitely get the space back but it might do...
Another reason could be faulty sectors on the HDD, do a disk check (right click the drive in computer, properties, click the tools tab then under error checking click check now...)
Edited by: "hero9989" 7th Apr 2011

Turn on the setting to "display hidden files" and "display system files".

There may well be some hidden fies on the disk that you dont know about.

Original Poster

guilbert53

Turn on the setting to "display hidden files" and "display system … Turn on the setting to "display hidden files" and "display system files".There may well be some hidden fies on the disk that you dont know about.



ive tried this, nothing.

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anewman

Empty recycle bin with drive plugged in



amazing , didnt think to look there , found 19gb in the recycle bin, now where is 1gb..
its gone from 278gb free to 297gb.
i've formatted it as well.
Edited by: "DE4L3R" 7th Apr 2011

DE4L3R

amazing , didnt think to look there , found 19gb in the recycle bin, now … amazing , didnt think to look there , found 19gb in the recycle bin, now where is 1gb..its gone from 278gb free to 297gb. i've formatted it as well.


I maybe be wrong but sometimes the HDD aren't around to the given number. Noticed they can go less or over.

Try using TreeSize tool, it's a free tool to show where space is being used and what by.

dmccabe

Try using TreeSize tool, it's a free tool to show where space is being … Try using TreeSize tool, it's a free tool to show where space is being used and what by.




or windirstat windirstat.info/

btw though as mentioned above 297-298 will be the right size of the drive as hdd manufacturers use base 10 ....1000 meg per gig as opposed to an operating system which uses base 2 and 1024 meg per gig

en.wikipedia.org/wik…yte

pcmech.com/for…tml

articles.networktechs.com/pri…tml


But saying that you only wanted to know where your 20 gig went


Edited by: "dontasciime" 7th Apr 2011

Original Poster

Cheers sorted problem out...traded it in to cex (i was gona do that anyway) its not faulty, i think it just rounds the space down when talking about free space and rounds up when talking about capacity????
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