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Hello, I recently installed a new hard drive and moved the data off the old hard drive via a docking station connected through a usb port. I went back to check to see if I left any files on the old drive seeing none left I decided to right click on the drive and click properties. To my surprise it said that 17.6 gigs were being used out of the 465gigs capacity on the drive. This figure baffles me as I do have it enabled to show any hidden files and folders, so theoretically it should read a much lower number. So my question is what could be using up all that space since nothing appears to be on the drive?

asked Oct 22 '11 at 12:31

iceblade2097's gravatar image


Use ccleaner, it usually helps me clear some space, and especially space that Chrome takes up with history and cookies.

answered Jan 08 '12 at 12:08

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DJ Scooby Doo

Use a program called Jdiskreport. It will scan your drive and tell you in a sweet graph where all that space has gone!

answered Oct 25 '11 at 10:58

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I'd check out everything Rougekiller listed, but in my experience you can't get rid of at least a large part of that space because it's the system registry files. You'd have to format the drive and reinstall the OS. You should run the defragment tool and see whats left. It could clean up a couple of GB, potentially.

answered Oct 23 '11 at 00:34

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check system restore, disable it on the drive and then re-enable it, this should clear out any backups windows has made in system restore on the drive.

it's the usualy culprit.

a dodgy Recycle bin can also be to blaim.

to check this, (i do it on all drives as it happens more often that you would think)

1 empty the recybin

2 open a folder and type in (drive letter):$recycle.bin and hit enter, right click in the folder and select proporties, there should be a few files in there taking up a few KB and nothing more, check each drive by changeing the drive letter in the address bar, if you have a lot of files then you have a currupt recycle bin or something went wrong with deleting them.

follow this site's directions to clear it for each drive.

Fix corrupted recycle bin


this is also a very useful tool for finding out where the space is taken up.

Space sniffer

answered Oct 22 '11 at 13:40

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edited Oct 22 '11 at 13:59

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