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    Harddisk & files (WinXP)

    My NTFS HD has lost a lot of space lately. There's more used than is accounted for by the sum of the files-sizes. I know that normally one uses more but this is too much and happened only recently. There are many green and red areas in the WinXP defragger

    Are there (free?) tools that allow me to see a visible representation of the surface and the status of the clusters and then what files are associated?

    Are there (other) checks I could do (of course I did a scandisk and I'm protected pretty well against viruses or spyware so I'm (almost) sure these are not the cause).

    Thanks!

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    Re: Harddisk & files (WinXP)

    Check out some of the links at disk usage anaysis - Google Search. There are <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and not <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> tools represented.

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    Re: Harddisk & files (WinXP)

    Thanks, that's (of course) the first I tried. There's sooo much out there but many I looked at briefly didn't give what I wanted (a physical cluster layout with possibility to click on a cluster to find out what file(s) are there). Was hoping someone could lead me to a solution directly...

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    Re: Harddisk & files (WinXP)

    Hi Erik

    The closest I know to what you're after is Disk Investigator - 0.5MB <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware.

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    Re: Harddisk & files (WinXP)

    Agree, it's almost what I need. What is missing however is the visual disk-map with indication op movable and non-movable files, fragmented files, maybe the MFT-zone etc. Then, clicking on a cluster would tell me te file. Maybe in the family of disk-defraggers there's one that may do this?

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    Re: Harddisk & files (WinXP)

    Don't know if it fulfills all your needs, but you might like SequoiaView. It's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>.

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    Re: Harddisk & files (WinXP)

    Does SysInternals DiskView do what you want? Beware that it requires lots of Virtual Memory for large disks.

    To get a tree view of directories/folders and files and the amount of disk space they use, try TreeSize Free.

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    Re: Harddisk & files (WinXP)

    Oh YES... DiskView is what I was looking for, thanks!!

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    Re: Harddisk & files (WinXP)

    There's more used than is accounted for by the sum of the files-sizes.

    The "unaccounted" space is occupied by backups in hidden "System Volume Information" folder. These backups are created by System Restore utility after each shutdown and/or Restore Point creation. To manage the size allocated to System Volume Information folder, open System Properties dialog (by right-clicking My Computer icon and choosing Properties; or for pressing Windows and Pause/Break keys simultaneously; or from Control Panel) and click System Restore tab. Then select the drive you want to manage and click Settings button. From there you can increase/decrease allocated space or delete it completely by checking "Turn off system restore" checkbox.

    To access System Volume Information folder from Windows Explorer, read MSKB article
    How to gain access to the System Volume Information folder

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