A few minutes ago, I started up my computer, and saw the "low disk space" message in the bottom right corner. I found this odd because I had JUST reformatted the previous week, and since then used up only a few gigs of space. I have 2 partitions. (C) and (D). I went into "My computer" and saw that my (C) drive only has 40mb of free space. (The C: partition has a total size of 97gigs.) The (D) partition is perfectly fine.
I am going to scan my computer for spyware/viruses, but I doubt that will help.
Does anyone know what could be causing this?
Btw, the (C) partition contains my windows installation, if that matters.
My systems specs:
Pentium D at 3.2ghz
1 gb ram
Maxtor Hard Drive. (It says Maxtor 6V300F0 in the device manager if that means anything to you.)
Windows XP Home.
You are getting that message because you have 40mb free space.... so that is normal.
Now, what could cause this?
Hard drive issues and windows reporting issues can cause this issue.
You should run Error-Checking in the hard drive tools menu. This will scan for problems that involve reporting space used (ex: MFT).
Also, you will want to download a hard drive testing tool from the HDD manufacturer you use. This will determine if the hard drive was the cause of the corruption, or the OS.
I ran the error-checking, and it didn't find any errors.
I downloaded the drive testing utility from Maxtor. First a ran the "short" test. It detected an error, and told me to run the "long" test. When I did so, The scanning utility froze after it detected the error. It stopped scanning, and I couldn't abort it, so I restarted the computer.
I solved the problem why so much disk space was taken. I have some screen recording software on my computer, and the hotkey was set to a button I use quite often. >.<
So should I still be worried about the error in the test? Like I said, I just reformatted, so there isn't anything to back up.
Edit: Ok. So I scanned with the testing software from Maxtor once more. This time, the long test didn't freeze. it detected 3 errors, but was able to repair all 3. (The errors were LBAs or something.) So is all good?
Also, is testing the hard drive for errors something I should be doing on a regular basis? I haven't really thought about it before.
I guess i should be more careful with how i say it. Smart has told me of eminent failure of a drive and i had time to get the files off it before it went for good.
S.M.A.R.T does not always work the way it should and more often than not tells you NOTHING befor the drive crashs.
When in doubt run SpinRite 6.0 in mode 5 (can take 18 hours or more!) and it will refresh/repair/recover all files and most often make "bad" sectors "good" as well.
Mode 5 will read/write/reread/rewrite all data 5 compleat times befor moving on. Really bad/corrupted files are logged and you can set it to RECOVER that file only. It will just cycle until the data is recovered (each read the head is a bit +/- from 'dead on'). www.grc.com