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    Drive C: Hidden space? (WinXP Pro - SR1)

    Before loading SP2, I thought I'd tidy up my drives. I've used 9.1GB on the C; drive but I can only account for 7.6GB in Windows Explorer. Before anyone says 'hidden files', I've got that checked as well, (Folder Options| View| etc.) and I don't know enough to be able to identify where the difference is coming from. I do seem to remember finding out a year ago but needless to say, I've forgotten! Can someone help me?

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    Re: Drive C: Hidden space? (WinXP Pro - SR1)

    Could be a hidden drive for the OEM system recovery. This is NOT the same as the Microsoft restore. It is a means for the system to be rebuilt with out using the Recovery CD.

    What Brand and model is this computer?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Drive C: Hidden space? (WinXP Pro - SR1)

    Mike,
    Have you accounted for the space used by System Restore?

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    Re: Drive C: Hidden space? (WinXP Pro - SR1)

    How are you calculating these sizes? Some vendors and programs refer to 1,000,000 bytes as 1 MB while others refer to 1,048,576 bytes (2^20) as 1MB. Multiply this difference in meaning up to the level of gigabytes (1,000,000,000 vs. 1,073,741,824 or 2^30), and you can find it very hard to reconcile different programs' reporting on size and capacity.

    Added: The Disk Management "snap-in" also may provide useful information. Start>Settings>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management, then Disk Management. (There is a way to call it from Start>Run... but the file name escapes me.)

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    Re: Drive C: Hidden space? (WinXP Pro - SR1)

    I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner but I've been away a few days.

    'System Restore' rings a bell from a year or so ago - I think I vaguely remember what it is although I definitely haven't checked it out this time - how does one do that and how much space does it usually take up?

    Mike Lazar

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    Re: Drive C: Hidden space? (WinXP Pro - SR1)

    Try one of the utilities mentioned in this post to display your disk usage...

    Then you'll know where to make your attack!

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