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Anonymous
November 5, 2004 1:01:01 AM

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Hi all,
I have a simple question and will appreciate very much answer.
My hard disk has 9.35 GB. When I right click on the disk drive
under "My Computer" and choose properties I see
used=3.67GB and unused =5.67GB. So far so good. But when
I open the hardisk disk folder (C:)  and add up the size of all
individual folders under drive C:, I get 2.9 GB. I get the same
(2.91GB) by highlighting all the folders under C: and right cliking
and selecting properties. I am confused why this discrepancy
(3.67GB vs. 2.91GB) between the free space reported by the
two methods. Thanks in advance

Oniket
Anonymous
November 5, 2004 9:05:40 AM

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Hi,

How big is the pagefile.sys on the root of C:\?

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:A6346B6A-D868-4173-89F9-8C938598ACEC@microsoft.com...
> Hi all,
> I have a simple question and will appreciate very much answer.
> My hard disk has 9.35 GB. When I right click on the disk drive
> under "My Computer" and choose properties I see
> used=3.67GB and unused =5.67GB. So far so good. But when
> I open the hardisk disk folder (C:)  and add up the size of all
> individual folders under drive C:, I get 2.9 GB. I get the same
> (2.91GB) by highlighting all the folders under C: and right cliking
> and selecting properties. I am confused why this discrepancy
> (3.67GB vs. 2.91GB) between the free space reported by the
> two methods. Thanks in advance
>
> Oniket
Anonymous
November 5, 2004 10:43:01 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Thanks for the reply. There is no pagefile.sys in C: folder.
I used the search tool, but it did not find it anywhere.
By the way my disc is NTFS formatted, but none of the
folders are using compression.

Thanks
Oniket

"Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:

> Hi,
>
> How big is the pagefile.sys on the root of C:\?
>
> --
> Best of Luck,
>
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>
> "Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:A6346B6A-D868-4173-89F9-8C938598ACEC@microsoft.com...
> > Hi all,
> > I have a simple question and will appreciate very much answer.
> > My hard disk has 9.35 GB. When I right click on the disk drive
> > under "My Computer" and choose properties I see
> > used=3.67GB and unused =5.67GB. So far so good. But when
> > I open the hardisk disk folder (C:)  and add up the size of all
> > individual folders under drive C:, I get 2.9 GB. I get the same
> > (2.91GB) by highlighting all the folders under C: and right cliking
> > and selecting properties. I am confused why this discrepancy
> > (3.67GB vs. 2.91GB) between the free space reported by the
> > two methods. Thanks in advance
> >
> > Oniket
>
>
>
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Anonymous
November 5, 2004 11:03:05 AM

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By default Windows Explorer hides system files. Go to Tools+Folder
Options and then click the View tab. Select the "Show hidden files and
folders" and check the "Hide protected operating system file
(Recommended)". Then try highlighting everything and checking the
size.

"Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:B65065F2-15FA-4F52-A506-058D4CA577C6@microsoft.com...
> Thanks for the reply. There is no pagefile.sys in C: folder.
> I used the search tool, but it did not find it anywhere.
> By the way my disc is NTFS formatted, but none of the
> folders are using compression.
>
> Thanks
> Oniket
>
> "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > How big is the pagefile.sys on the root of C:\?
> >
> > --
> > Best of Luck,
> >
> > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
> > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
> > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
> >
> > "Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > news:A6346B6A-D868-4173-89F9-8C938598ACEC@microsoft.com...
> > > Hi all,
> > > I have a simple question and will appreciate very much answer.
> > > My hard disk has 9.35 GB. When I right click on the disk drive
> > > under "My Computer" and choose properties I see
> > > used=3.67GB and unused =5.67GB. So far so good. But when
> > > I open the hardisk disk folder (C:)  and add up the size of all
> > > individual folders under drive C:, I get 2.9 GB. I get the
same
> > > (2.91GB) by highlighting all the folders under C: and right
cliking
> > > and selecting properties. I am confused why this discrepancy
> > > (3.67GB vs. 2.91GB) between the free space reported by the
> > > two methods. Thanks in advance
> > >
> > > Oniket
> >
> >
> >
Anonymous
November 5, 2004 11:57:27 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

In news:B65065F2-15FA-4F52-A506-058D4CA577C6@microsoft.com,
Oniket <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> Thanks for the reply. There is no pagefile.sys in C: folder.


In My Computer, go to Tools | Folder Options, and on the View
tab, click the radio button "Show hidden files and folders."

You will then be able to see pagefile.sys.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup


> I used the search tool, but it did not find it anywhere.
> By the way my disc is NTFS formatted, but none of the
> folders are using compression.
>
> Thanks
> Oniket
>
> "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> How big is the pagefile.sys on the root of C:\?
>>
>> --
>> Best of Luck,
>>
>> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>>
>> "Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:A6346B6A-D868-4173-89F9-8C938598ACEC@microsoft.com...
>> > Hi all,
>> > I have a simple question and will appreciate very much
>> > answer.
>> > My hard disk has 9.35 GB. When I right click on the disk
>> > drive
>> > under "My Computer" and choose properties I see
>> > used=3.67GB and unused =5.67GB. So far so good. But when
>> > I open the hardisk disk folder (C:)  and add up the size of
>> > all
>> > individual folders under drive C:, I get 2.9 GB. I get the
>> > same
>> > (2.91GB) by highlighting all the folders under C: and
>> > right
>> > cliking and selecting properties. I am confused why this
>> > discrepancy (3.67GB vs. 2.91GB) between the free space
>> > reported
>> > by the two methods. Thanks in advance
>> >
>> > Oniket
Anonymous
November 5, 2004 12:31:05 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Thanks to all who have replied. OK, I unchecked "hide protected
operating system files" (I had show hidden files already) and saw
pagefile.sys. It is 540682KB. I guess that translaes to about
half Gigabyte. I am not sure how does that account for the
discrepancy between 3.67GB vs 2.91GB free disk space. As you
can tell Iam a newbie. My concern as an end user is how much
free disk space do I acttually have (i.e how much more stuff can I
save in my disk). Thanks

Oniket

"bxb7668" wrote:

> By default Windows Explorer hides system files. Go to Tools+Folder
> Options and then click the View tab. Select the "Show hidden files and
> folders" and check the "Hide protected operating system file
> (Recommended)". Then try highlighting everything and checking the
> size.
>
> "Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:B65065F2-15FA-4F52-A506-058D4CA577C6@microsoft.com...
> > Thanks for the reply. There is no pagefile.sys in C: folder.
> > I used the search tool, but it did not find it anywhere.
> > By the way my disc is NTFS formatted, but none of the
> > folders are using compression.
> >
> > Thanks
> > Oniket
> >
> > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
> >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > How big is the pagefile.sys on the root of C:\?
> > >
> > > --
> > > Best of Luck,
> > >
> > > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> > > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> > > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
> > > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
> > > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
> > >
> > > "Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > > news:A6346B6A-D868-4173-89F9-8C938598ACEC@microsoft.com...
> > > > Hi all,
> > > > I have a simple question and will appreciate very much answer.
> > > > My hard disk has 9.35 GB. When I right click on the disk drive
> > > > under "My Computer" and choose properties I see
> > > > used=3.67GB and unused =5.67GB. So far so good. But when
> > > > I open the hardisk disk folder (C:)  and add up the size of all
> > > > individual folders under drive C:, I get 2.9 GB. I get the
> same
> > > > (2.91GB) by highlighting all the folders under C: and right
> cliking
> > > > and selecting properties. I am confused why this discrepancy
> > > > (3.67GB vs. 2.91GB) between the free space reported by the
> > > > two methods. Thanks in advance
> > > >
> > > > Oniket
> > >
> > >
> > >
>
>
>
Anonymous
November 5, 2004 12:37:14 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

In additions to the other posts, run Start>All Programs>Accessories>System
Tools>Disk Cleanup and also empty the recycle bin (and the protected recycle
bin if you are using Norton Systemworks).

"Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:A6346B6A-D868-4173-89F9-8C938598ACEC@microsoft.com...
> Hi all,
> I have a simple question and will appreciate very much answer.
> My hard disk has 9.35 GB. When I right click on the disk drive
> under "My Computer" and choose properties I see
> used=3.67GB and unused =5.67GB. So far so good. But when
> I open the hardisk disk folder (C:)  and add up the size of all
> individual folders under drive C:, I get 2.9 GB. I get the same
> (2.91GB) by highlighting all the folders under C: and right cliking
> and selecting properties. I am confused why this discrepancy
> (3.67GB vs. 2.91GB) between the free space reported by the
> two methods. Thanks in advance
>
> Oniket
Anonymous
November 5, 2004 11:55:58 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Hi,

The point we were all driving at is that the discrepancy is the hidden
system files. The totals you see in "My Computer" are generally close
enough. Even you want to get a real reading, click start/run, type cmd and
click ok. From the prompt, run "chkdsk C:". After it completes, it will give
you some figures on the used and available space on the system.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:D 8652E69-0A09-4FF2-B67F-F0AC382B281C@microsoft.com...
> Thanks to all who have replied. OK, I unchecked "hide protected
> operating system files" (I had show hidden files already) and saw
> pagefile.sys. It is 540682KB. I guess that translaes to about
> half Gigabyte. I am not sure how does that account for the
> discrepancy between 3.67GB vs 2.91GB free disk space. As you
> can tell Iam a newbie. My concern as an end user is how much
> free disk space do I acttually have (i.e how much more stuff can I
> save in my disk). Thanks
>
> Oniket
>
> "bxb7668" wrote:
>
>> By default Windows Explorer hides system files. Go to Tools+Folder
>> Options and then click the View tab. Select the "Show hidden files and
>> folders" and check the "Hide protected operating system file
>> (Recommended)". Then try highlighting everything and checking the
>> size.
>>
>> "Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:B65065F2-15FA-4F52-A506-058D4CA577C6@microsoft.com...
>> > Thanks for the reply. There is no pagefile.sys in C: folder.
>> > I used the search tool, but it did not find it anywhere.
>> > By the way my disc is NTFS formatted, but none of the
>> > folders are using compression.
>> >
>> > Thanks
>> > Oniket
>> >
>> > "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" wrote:
>> >
>> > > Hi,
>> > >
>> > > How big is the pagefile.sys on the root of C:\?
>> > >
>> > > --
>> > > Best of Luck,
>> > >
>> > > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
>> > > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
>> > > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
>> > > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
>> > > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>> > >
>> > > "Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> > > news:A6346B6A-D868-4173-89F9-8C938598ACEC@microsoft.com...
>> > > > Hi all,
>> > > > I have a simple question and will appreciate very much answer.
>> > > > My hard disk has 9.35 GB. When I right click on the disk drive
>> > > > under "My Computer" and choose properties I see
>> > > > used=3.67GB and unused =5.67GB. So far so good. But when
>> > > > I open the hardisk disk folder (C:)  and add up the size of all
>> > > > individual folders under drive C:, I get 2.9 GB. I get the
>> same
>> > > > (2.91GB) by highlighting all the folders under C: and right
>> cliking
>> > > > and selecting properties. I am confused why this discrepancy
>> > > > (3.67GB vs. 2.91GB) between the free space reported by the
>> > > > two methods. Thanks in advance
>> > > >
>> > > > Oniket
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >
>>
>>
>>
November 7, 2004 1:42:18 AM

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Don't forget System Restore???


"Colin Barnhorst" <colinbarharst(nojunk)@msn.com> wrote in message
news:ubfP2W1wEHA.1192@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> In additions to the other posts, run Start>All Programs>Accessories>System
> Tools>Disk Cleanup and also empty the recycle bin (and the protected
> recycle bin if you are using Norton Systemworks).
>
> "Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:A6346B6A-D868-4173-89F9-8C938598ACEC@microsoft.com...
>> Hi all,
>> I have a simple question and will appreciate very much answer.
>> My hard disk has 9.35 GB. When I right click on the disk drive
>> under "My Computer" and choose properties I see
>> used=3.67GB and unused =5.67GB. So far so good. But when
>> I open the hardisk disk folder (C:)  and add up the size of all
>> individual folders under drive C:, I get 2.9 GB. I get the same
>> (2.91GB) by highlighting all the folders under C: and right cliking
>> and selecting properties. I am confused why this discrepancy
>> (3.67GB vs. 2.91GB) between the free space reported by the
>> two methods. Thanks in advance
>>
>> Oniket
>
>
Anonymous
January 3, 2005 2:09:11 PM

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Hiii,

"Oniket" <Oniket@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:A6346B6A-D868-4173-89F9-8C938598ACEC@microsoft.com...
> Hi all,
> I have a simple question and will appreciate very much answer.
> My hard disk has 9.35 GB. When I right click on the disk drive
> under "My Computer" and choose properties I see
> used=3.67GB and unused =5.67GB. So far so good. But when
> I open the hardisk disk folder (C:)  and add up the size of all
> individual folders under drive C:, I get 2.9 GB. I get the same
> (2.91GB) by highlighting all the folders under C: and right cliking
> and selecting properties. I am confused why this discrepancy
> (3.67GB vs. 2.91GB) between the free space reported by the
> two methods. Thanks in advance

Try defragging the HDD and see what you can get back in the way of empty
space.

Philip
Anonymous
January 3, 2005 2:22:22 PM

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In news:ufK1HkY8EHA.4072@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl,
Philip Andrews <phil@philandrews.freeserve.co.uk> typed:

> Try defragging the HDD and see what you can get back in the
> way of
> empty space.



Defragging can make the used space contiguous, and perhaps even
the unused space contiguous, but it does nothing to increase the
amount of empty space.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup
Anonymous
January 3, 2005 4:16:47 PM

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Philip Andrews wrote:
> Try defragging the HDD and see what you can get back in the way of
> empty space.

Fragmentation has nothing to do with disk space usage.
!