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Hard Drive Used Space (Itunes music folder keeps changing size???)

Q: Hard Drive Used Space (Itunes music folder keeps changing size???)

I'm running windows vista on a dell xps m1330. I've been trying to reduce the used space on my hard drive and locate what is using up most of it. It appears that the cause is my Itunes Music Folder. The first time i checked the size that the folder was, it said 97 GB. So I looked through it and the size of individual folders did not seem to add up. Then I checked the folder size again and it had changed to 47 GB. Does anybody have any idea what might be causing this?

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A: Hard Drive Used Space (Itunes music folder keeps changing size???)

kamikazemike6 said:

I'm running windows vista on a dell xps m1330. I've been trying to reduce the used space on my hard drive and locate what is using up most of it. It appears that the cause is my Itunes Music Folder. The first time i checked the size that the folder was, it said 97 GB. So I looked through it and the size of individual folders did not seem to add up. Then I checked the folder size again and it had changed to 47 GB. Does anybody have any idea what might be causing this?Click to expand...

could be anything from deleted files that didnt get removed until reboot, to a back stored in the wrong place. we need more info

Ken J

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I have quite a large music collection which is all over the place. Alot of duplicates and music with labels missing. I find itunes hard to use and every time i sync i seem to duplicate.

My questions are

1) is there a way to sort through folders and files and delete duplicates and arrange with labels?

2) Is it better to delete everything off itunes and start again, instead of going through individually and deleting duplicates.

Any information would be greatly appreciated

A:Sorting itunes and music on hard drive

There is an easy way to do this, and it partially depends on the operating system you're currently using. I find Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 work best with this method. But all you need to do is start a search on your computer with "*.mp3" without quotes, making sure to remember the asterisk. Your computer will search for all file types with .mp3, and you can sort them by name and remove duplicates and such. Then, repeat this for every other type of audio files you use (.wav, .ogg, .wma, etc) and you could simply create a folder and add all of those files into the new folder.

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Hello, I want what's inside the external hard drive, to look the same no matter the pc it's plugged into.
So, I found how to change Folder Icons permanently from another thread,..
Now, what remains is changing the folder view, or else the icons won't be clear, so is that even possible?
PS. I know it's kinda OCD ..

A:External Hard Drive, Permanent Folder View (Folder Icon Size)

I did some research , and found that it was possible on windows xp via the "desktop.ini" through "FolderType=string" (eg: pictures, videos), but it seems it's impossible on windows 7.
The reason is that the " Show Common Tasks" in Folder options has been removed from windows 7.

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Why is it that the computer does not show the full amount of space available on a hard drive that is empty?

For example, I have an 80gb drive and it said that I have 76.69gb available even when there was nothing on it! My 60gb drive says 57.27 is available. And when I partition them the partition sizes add up to those numbers. Where does the extra space go and why so much?

Also....when I partitioned it asked me what size I wanted my clusters...64k, 32k, 16k, 8k, 4k, etc. Now I understand that the smaller cluster size means less wasted space when files are saved but what is an optimum size or does it matter?

A:Hard Drive Space and Cluster Size

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Hi, I have a 1.5TB hard drive that is failing (disk runs 100%) for periods of time.   It is still running mostly and my question is:I have a 500GB drive E: that I plan to dump the data, 350GB, to (C.  Then clear the drive and use the recovery disks that Imade from the 1.5TB drive when it was new, and switch drives, making the 500GB (C,  and loading the recovery disks to it.  Is there a problem with changing the size of the drives?  Also I am running Windows 10  (64 bit) and the recovery will drop me back to Windows 7 (64), will there be a problem doing this?  I will then do the Windows 10 upgrade.  I wish I had switched when I first got the computer, knowing that the OS would be better on a smaller drive. Thank you for any help you can give! Carl Mendenhall

A:Changing size of hard drive when doing recovery

Hi, >>>  and loading the recovery disks to itWhere a they come from ? If from HP or from you (using HP Recovery Manager to create) then you need SAME size or larger (capacity). Smaller won't work. Regards.

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Hey everyone,
I tried searched for this but i kept recieving a server error so I decided to just post the question.
I recently installed Windows 7 on my computer and I rearranged my hard drive and got them all in order. On my old copy of Vista my music library was stored on my 1tb hard drive which was like drive L. Now my 1 tb hard drive is under drive D. I backed up everything including my iTunes so now it has all of these song files that it can't find. Is their anyway I can update it so it'll update and use my new drive letter? I don't want to go through and add them all again because then I would have to remake all of my playlists and I don't want to do that. Is their anyway to mass change the library to another drive letter?
Thanks in advance.

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I'm trying to summarize here. I Googled this topic and found bits and pieces about how to do it, but not all together at once.

Original Q & A:

Q: "I have system restore set with an unbound upper limit, is this going to cause any problems later?"

A: "It depends on whether you need the hard drive space that you set for it as it fills up. As the space you set fills up, older restore points will automatically be deleted to make room for the new ones, so you shouldn't have a problem at all."

Now, as for viewing or changing the allocated HD space for System Restore Points, the only thing I can find is doing it via command prompt.

I won't go into what the command prompt is or anything because anybody who is worried about the size of System Restore Points probably knows their way around the command prompt and the Registry as well.

Anyway, to sum it up:

At the command prompt (Admin), to see the currently allocated space type: vssadmin list ShadowStorage

As in:
C:\Windows\System32>vssadmin list ShadowStorage

You will get an output like this:
Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.291GB
Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 1.563GB
Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 11.25GB

Sizes you see listed as well as sizes you can enter are in KB, MB, GB, TB, and up.

As you can see, 1.29GB is currently in use on my system.

To change the amount of used HD space: (increase or decrease)

vssadmin Resize /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=4GB

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A:Limit System Restore Size/Hard Drive Space Low

I just paste this into cmd.

vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /Maxsize=18GB

and to view what it is currently set at

vssadmin list shadowstorage /On=C:

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Hello everyone,

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my computer about 3 months ago, so i split my 500gb hard drive into 2 big partitions. But now i didn't feel the need for Ubuntu anymore, and decided to delete the partition. Now i have 173GB of free space on my hard drive that i want to put onto my C: drive where my windows partition is.

The problem is the c: drive will not give me the option to extend the partition, and i have no idea how to get that free space on to my windows C: partition.

If you guys could help, that would be great


Btw i have posted a picture of my disk management so you can see what it looks like currently

A:Increasing size of c: partition from free space on hard drive

Hello helldemon80, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look at Options One & Two in this tutorial at the link below to get an understanding of how to go about what you want to do, it will help you recover any space you need to recover.

As the C: is "System, Active" you would be able to recover into C: the "I: System" partition to the left of C: also.

Be sure to post back if you have further questions and to keep us informed.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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I have this idea however I don't know if you can do it. What i want to do is to make my Hard Disk Drive as my My Music folder: Whenever you click or go into My Music, it will act as a shortcut and head straight to the Hard Disk Drive. The reason for this is so I have a Hard Disk Drive full of music while my original HDD has all the other stuff. Also My Music is a special windows folder so I would like to keep that if possible when doing this. I hope anyone can answer this question. Thank you.

A:How do you make a Hard Disk Drive as my My Music folder?

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I recently was forced to use system recovery (F10 at startup) on my XP Home edition Hewlett Packard Pavilion 540n computer. This was due to viruses, and all sorts of other malfunctions that I have come to expect from XP Home. In any event, when we did this, it made the entire folder of C:\Documents and settings\Owner (the username we were using) inaccessable. This was bad, because it had lots of our files that we needes on it. We downloaded PC Inspector File Recovery and it copied the files out of the directory and we saved them where they should go. Now here's the problem: when I right click on my c drive and hit properties, it tells me that there's 24 point something gig used, and 7.5 or so free, and a capacity of 32.9. Those three numbers all agree with each other, but I personally think that 32.9 gig is a somewhat strange number, especially since we are supposed to have a 40 gig Hard Drive. Now the aforementioned File Recovery program tells me that I have a 37 gig hard drive capacity which adds up to forty if you count the hidden partition that HP uses to store its system recovery (not system restore which is the roll-back feature). We seem to be missing some hard drive here. Also, as an added bonus, when I select everything in my C drive and right click properties it only adds up to about 12 gig. I seem to be missing even more space. When I right click on the C:\...\Owner, it tells me that it's size is 0, but since the File Recovery was able to get so much... Read more

A:missing Hard drive space, can't delete folder

Windows counts hard disk space differently than the HDD manufacturers. PC Inspector probably uses the HDD manu. numbers...that is resulting in the difference between windows and PC Insp.

Also if you have system restore on and haven't adjusted the settings, it is hogging 14% of your hard drive for the restore files. On top of that, Internet Explorer sets aside a large chunk of space (as much as 10%) of space for storing webpages and images. Also the Recycle bin sets aside space (again up to 10%) of disk space. SO that adds up to a possible 13.6 gigs of space inaccessable because it is reserved. ( I didn't even include the virtual memory set-aside).

To free up some space, right click on My Computer and choose Properties. Click the System Restore tab and turn off System Restore. Re-boot then repeat the above, and re-enable system restore. This will flush out the restore points. Then click the settings button and lower the amount of space set aside. 4% should be more than sufficient for about a weeks worth of restore points.

Next right-click on Internet Explorer...click on the delete files button to clear the cache. Next click on the settings button and reduce the amount of space the cache uses (1% works for me)

Last but not least, right-click on Recycle bin and choose global settings. Reduce the amount of space set aside for Recycle bin (again 1% works). Now check you disk space after a re-boot and you'll see much more available space.

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I've been working on a thorough system cleanup in an attempt to get my hard drive usage down to a minimum. The Windows folder (C: Windows) has been by biggest obstacle. I couldn't believe it was taking up 22GB of space even after running both CCleaner and Windows Disk Cleanup. I've been reading and researching all night, both on this forum and elsewhere and the answer appears to be that "winsxs" (inside the Windows folder and now at 11GB on my system) is designed to continue growing endlessly as it adds more dll files every time you install a program and it never deletes the files even after you've uninstalled the program. This explains why I see reports of people's Windows folder ranging from 10MB to 34MB. Wow, I remember just a couple years ago when WindowsXP, all my programs, documents, photos and audio files only took up 20 to 25GB.

I'm not inclined to be a complainer or criticize people who have built an entire operating system when I still struggle to point, click and make a program work. I'm thoroughly impressed with people who can design, program and create such an impressive and infinitely complex object as an operating system. Nevertheless, it does strike my simplistic, common sense mind as being a bit regressive to go from an OS (XP) that takes up 7GB on my old system to one (7) that takes up 22GB on my new system - and all to run pretty much the same software and do pretty much the same things, at least from a users point of view.

So if I'm understand... Read more

A:Windows folder size is huge and taking over my hard drive - by design?

hi and welcome to the forums

here is a good program to see what disk space is being used in real time, its called windirstat link >>>> WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics

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I installed Windows 10 a few weeks ago, but today I noticed that my 1TB hard drive only had 50GB left, despite it only being ~400GB full before the install. I ran Disk Cleanup and removed as much as I could, but it only cleared an additional 100GB. I then ran WinDirStat, and this is what I got:

Is this normal? My user folder seems to be looping.

As far as I can tell, the $OF folder is for backups. I've disabled File Backup, and deleted everything except for the latest file version (I would clear everything if I could), but it didn't make much difference. I'm really not sure what's going on.

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I was wondering after all the normal cleaning and maintenance how do I fix my problem when I get an error on my photo program that says not enough disk space on hard drive containing your system folder, need to free up more space. I have a new computor that has
dual core processor
3.20 ghz
4GB RAM memory
871 GB of free space
win 7
I Have oen pcture open that I am trying to print as a bussiness card that I want to print in a multiple print on a page of 10 and it won't allow me to print. Can someone please help me.

A:free disk space on system folder hard drive?

You have 871 gb of free space yet it is saying that you have no free space? I doubt that is true, can you show me a screenshot of Computer to see the 'free space' on your drives.


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Hi, I have all of my movies in a folder on a 1TB WD external hard drive. Each movie is in a folder with a custom icon (ico format). This has always worked well until recently; when the hard drive is turned back on, the icons return back into the default windows folder. In addition to this, the size of the icons usually changes from large to medium, and sometimes even to list form! Any help would be greatly appreciated Thanks!

Additional Details:
-folder icons are located within the external hard drive
-running 32 bit vista
-could this possibly be because I have too many folders with different icons??? (there are probably well over 100!

A:[SOLVED] Folder Icons in External Hard drive Keep Changing!

It's often caused by the drive letter changing each time it's plugged in if other USB devices are also being connected in a different order from last time. A different drive letter means the path to the icons folder will be invalid, so Windows is forced to substitute with the standard icons.

Try putting the icons on to an internal hard drive whose drive letter is constant.

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Over the years my windows folder has grown so big that it is currently taking up 37.5 GB of my 55 GB hard drive. I have other HD's for my programs, this HD is used solely for the OS and a few programs that could not be installed elsewhere.

I am CONSTANTLY getting low disk space errors, but there seems to be nothing I can do. I have uninstalled unnecessary programs, used Disk Cleanup (including clean up system files), and downloaded CCleader which helps minimally.

So my question is this: WTF? Why is my windows folder so ridiculously large, and is there anything I can do to shrink it? All of my online research has told me NOT to mess with the windows folder, you can damage system files etc. I would prefer not to have to buy a new HD or do a new install of windows. Is there anything I can do?

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Dear BleepingComputer Staff,
I am running Windows XP (SP3). I have RootRepeal, ComboFix, and HijackThis downloaded and ready to use if necessary.

I had a pretty terrible malware infection about a week and a half ago; I managed to kill off just about everything (or so it seemed) by running every reliable anti-malware program I could get my hands on. I was infected with a bug that begged me to install some sort of Windows Protection program. It also created a folder called "HelpAssistant" thus: C:/Windows/Documents and Settings/HelpAssistant.

HelpAssistant is basically a mirror image of my particular user profile, which means many, many gigabytes of copied data come back after I attempt to delete the folder and reboot.

What is the true nature of this infection, and how can I get rid of it? I thought I took care of it, but I guess not... Thanks in advance for any help!

A:HelpAssistant folder creates on reboot; taking up all hard drive space

As no logs have been posted, I am shifting this topic from the specialized HiJack This forum to the Am I Infected forum.==>PLEASE DO NOT NOW POST LOGS<== unless a log is specifically requested.

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Now my itunes seems to not be working properly. I have iphone 3gs and so when I synced it I don't see the music files under my device or my ringtones. It also said that they can't find my music when I tried to download them into my iphone and every time I put new music or new ringtones in my iphone, the ringtones/music that I have gets deleted. For example: I have 200 songs in my iphone but when I want to put just one song in it, The rest of the 200 songs gets deleted and now I only have that one song. And so now every time I add music to my iphone I would have to add the songs back into the iphone. I would also have to do it to ringtones too and I'd have to manually add them in because if I don't it would never be put into the iphone. So yeah, I'm not too good with itunes because it's too complicated and this is the first time I've ever had a iphone so I'm really confused how to use itunes. Oh and my library music files doesn't automatically update when I add new music so I would have to do the same as I did with my iphone. I'd have to delete, add the files again, sync and so on...

My itunes is up to date, my folders aren't hidden because my music folder and ringtone folder are under my library but not under my device.

I uninstalled itunes and reinstalled but its still the same.

I don't know what to do!! Help please??


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Trying to install iTunes and I get an eror message that it can't set up iTunes folder in the default My Documents/My Music folder.

It turns out that I DO have that folder (and I even have music in it that I can use), but the iTunes setup program can't seem to find it. iTunes recommends using TweakUI to change the "Special Folder" for My Music...but it turns out that the My Music folder doesn't exist in the pulldown list inside TweakUI either.

So...is there a way to formally restore that folder so that either TweakUI or iTunes can recognize it?


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I have a few music videos I want on my iPod - I drag them into iTunes and they are automatically put into 'Movies'. So far the only way I've been able to move them into the 'Music Videos' folder in my iPod is by individually changing each file in iTunes from 'Movie' to 'Music Videos.' there must be a way I can speed this process up.

How would I get iTunes to recognize several of these videos as Music Videos, rather than Movies?


A:iTunes Music Videos in the right folder?

not too familiar with itunes but if u find something like file recognition you should be able to change from there. But like i say im not too sure

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I have a large music library on an external WD book disk. The iTunes database files sit in My Music on the computer c: drive.

Last week, as I sat admiring my MUSIC RECENTLY ADDED smart playlist, I did something stupid and about 200 newly-added files vanished (the other 200 in the playlist were still there). I frantically searched for them in the iTunes Music library - gone, but found them all in the Recycle Bin!

Here's where I made a dumb mistake - I simply told Recycle Bin to restore them to their original location (in the iTunes Music folder on the external drive), and that's where they are, scattered all over the 1TB drive. Trouble is, iTunes doesn't know about them, they have been deleted (no sign of them in the database). Here's my question:

How do I re-index the WD drive without destroying a couple of years of carefully edited music data in the iTunes database indexes? In older versions of iTunes you could re-index in place, but that seems to have gone away.

Any ideas please?

A:Need to re-index iTunes music folder

Hi Wahoo.

Not sure if you'd have a backed-up version on the iTunes Library file, but you could recreate from there if you have?

iTunes: How to re-create your iTunes library and playlists

Hope this helps!

/ Crit.

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Up until recently I was able to import cds onto itunes with no problem - now it says I do not have write access to the music folder and also no access privileges. I have recently changed my internet browser from ie7 to safari - would that have anything to do with it? I have tried enabling sharing on all music folders but nothing seems to work.

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I cannot seem to change the My Music and My Pictures folder location from c:\Docs and settings\Administrator\My Docs\My Music to d:\Music (laptop with two disks).

I have been to hkey_current_user\software\microsoft\windows\explorer\shell folders\ but each time I change it, it reverts back to the old settings. i have read other threads about the user Shell Folders\ but there is no My Music or My Pictures in there. Can anyone help?


A:Changing the My Music Folder

How to Move Shell Folders (and contents)

If that didn't work try tweakui

Tweakui for XP

In tweakui go to My Computer, special folders.

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Hi, I have a desktop and a laptop and I have my MP3's sync'ed via LapLink. My problem is that under my desktop I have a different user account name "Dave" whereas my laptop has a user account of "David" So...the link on the start menu "My Music" goes to "C:\Documents and Settings\Dave\My Documents\My Music" on the desktop and "C:\Documents and Settings\David\My Documents\My Music" on the laptop. For matters too involved to discuss here, I need my MP3's to be on identically named folders. I figured the best was is to put the "My Music" folder in the root of my C: drive of both computers and that works beautifully with one exception. Now when I click on the "My Music" icon on my start menu it still goes to the old subdirectory and not the new "C:\My Music" directory. How can I tell the "My Music" link to go to a different directory other than the one XP defaults me to? Is there a place in the registry that will change this link address? I tried to change the properties of the icon/link itself but to no avail.

Thanks in advance,
Dave W.

A:Changing My Music folder

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I went to SSDs on all of my computers some time back, but I still use WD RE4s and 2.5 inch WD Black HDDs for a variety of backup tasks and for storage in which the data will not be accessed for a period longer than is ideal to use a non-powered SSD for. On my Macs I am using El Capitan with OS X Journeled, GUID map, and FileVault 2 encryption. On my SP3 and desktop I am using NTFS with Win 10 64-bit Pro with BitLocker enabled on both machines. The OS and third party programs are currently up to date.

I've generally used ExFAT and the GPT partition map because it allows me to use it on all of my computers, and I have always used the default cluster size. However, I do not think the default size was the best decision for me because the size on disk is over TWICE the actual size.

If I am correct, the default Win 10 cluster size is 4k, and that going BELOW that is useful for the drives I have many smaller files on. Is this correct? Additionally, the smaller cluster size I go, the slower the drive will write, correct? Also, if so, how low do you advise going? I am still torn between reformatting outright or trying one of the programs that allows changes to a currently in-use drive. Any advice? Thanks!

A:Hard drive cluster size issues? Size on HDD over twice the actual size

For the a sector size of 4k to double your disk utilization you'd have to have a really tiny average file size. From your numbers shown the average size if I calculate it correct is 132kb (unless you have 1 massive file and 17,711 tiny ones) so a 4k size will make no difference.

You could check with TreeSize Free - it will tell you if you right click on the status bar and select it to be displayed.

EDIT - having checked the default for ExFat is 128k for drives over 32GB (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/140365) and when I tried to format an external USB drive that is what it picked. According to macbook - Reformat exFat with specific Device Block Size and Cluster Size - Ask Different OSX picks 128k also.

So if you had 128k as your cluster size minimum disk utilization would be 17,772 files * 128k = 2.17GB. So if all your files were just over this (say 132k which looks like your current average size) you would be using 4.44GB add a couple of big files and it could easily be 6GB.

I would check your average file sizes and also your current cluster size (you can use chkdsk as described in the AskDifferent link above).

The default is 4k for NTFS and I have always formatted ExFat as 4k also. Depending on your current setting reformatting 4k looks like a good idea.

As for how - copying the data elsewhere, formatting and then copying it back has to be the easiest, safest and most likely fastest way. You'll also get the disk defragmented automatical... Read more

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I would like to permanently change the columns in my music folder to add bit rate and length. I have many folders. I'd like to do it all at once if possible. All my music is on an external drive so I don't know if they will remain permanently when I remove drive but is this even possible?

This has bugged me for some time so nay help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A:Solved: Changing music folder columns

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I have a 100 GB external hard drive that I use to store all my personal media like music, photos, and movies. I have about ten different folders. In my music folder, I have about 67 GB of music stored in it. When I tried to put more MP3's in it, it wouldnt let me. I dont think thinks its the amount of space I have because my external hard drive has about 20 GB left in it. I tried storing other media like photo's in the the music folder and it worked. I dont know if theres a certain limit to how much music you can have in one folder? Can anybody help me, thanks!!

A:[SOLVED] How to make a folder increase in size for more space saving

Hi and Welcome. . .

No, there is no limitation of storage pertaining to a particular type of file.

Go into Disk Management via Computer Management/ Storage - right-click on My Computer, select Manage. Look at the area for the external HDD. What is the total size of the drive it reports? Does it have any partitions? Is it FAT32 or NTFS format?

Regards. . .



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When I'm nearing the threshold of adequate free disk space for reasonable defragmentation times, I start to monitor my disk space utilization a bit more closely.

Sometimes I notice some strange changes in how much free disk space I have, meaning fluctuations in amounts as high has 3 to 4 gigabytes. For example, I will see I've got 21.6Gb free then suddenly notice it has dropped to 17.9Gb. I use the Disk Clean utility to flush any excess files out, but that doesn't do much. I check the temp folders manually, just to be sure there aren't large garbage files left behind either. I clear the cache of my two main browers. Still no change. I'll go run Windows Update, expecting that maybe some files were downloaded and are now waiting to be installed, but that doesn't turn up much either. I even reboot to see if that forces some kind of clean-up (which sometimes happens), but that may not free up any disk space.

Later on, I'll check again, and sure enough I'm back up above 20Gb in free space. A mystery, as I've no clue as to what changed. Does anyone have an idea as to what may account for such large amounts of disk space being mysteriously occupied and then released?

Also, I just checked my Windows root folder and see it is taking up 11Gb of space. I seem to recall some time back when I first got my system that it was not much above 8Gb. Why would the operating system file tree end up swelling by nearly 50% and is there anything within it that could be pruned without... Read more

A:Disk space fluctuations and average size of Windows root folder

Hi Again
I think that the best way is to test yourself. Download win dir stat and it will give you a complete diagrahm of what is on your hard drive at any time.
WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
make the mandatory malwarebytes and anti virus scan.

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Hi guys,

getting low disk space warning...
looking into this, i found folder windows\system32\dlg is 96gb...
for the pass week or so i've notice my cable modem light are going crasy and i'm not even brosing the net...
looks like something is dowling on to my c: drive,
when i stop the process ctfmon.exe my modem light stops.
i search my computer for file ctfmon.exe and found one in system32 folder and one in system32\dlg folder the one in the dlg folder as a mule icon beside and when i bring my mouse curser on it a yellow box open up with description is emule... i tried to remove this emule but can find it in add\remove...

any suggestions

A:c:\windows\system32\dlg folder size 96gb low disk space warning

Hi guys,

getting low disk space warning...
looking into this, i found folder windows\system32\dlg is 96gb...
for the pass week or so i've notice my cable modem light are going crasy and i'm not even brosing the net...
looks like something is dowling on to my c: drive,
when i stop the process ctfmon.exe my modem light stops.
i search my computer for file ctfmon.exe and found one in system32 folder and one in system32\dlg folder the one in the dlg folder as a mule icon beside and when i bring my mouse curser on it a yellow box open up with description is emule... i tried to remove this emule but can find it in add\remove...

any suggestions

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I am trying for a long time to change the "view" size of my files and folders (and sub folders) to "medium" and no, folder option or text size doesn't work for me since it applies to the desktop too and i want it to be only on items in
my computer and not on my desktop.
thank you


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hey i am venkatesh,
in my system the drive C: has a size of 24 GB and used space is around 21GB and if i see the size of all the folders in it (including the hidden folders) the size is around 16 GB..
i don't no this comes under which type of problem ....


A:difference in folder size and drive size

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So I'm having this strange problem with folder content icons changing and/or disappearing when I do not change anything in properties or interact with them at all, for that matter.

Here is a link to a picture of what I'm talking about:


I'd greatly appreciate it if anyone could tell me what exactly is going on and how to fix it.

A:Vista Home Premium Music Folder Content Icon Disappearing/Changing


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The Sonos Music System can stream music from the internet to ever room in your house wirelessly. To do this one of its components is connected to a router using ethernet cable. However I want to stream music from my external Hard drive via my Thomson TG782T Router to the Sonos Music System.
My Question is: Do I just connect the external Hard drive to the USB port of the Thomson TG782T Router or is it more complicated.
In the absence of detailed instruction (Thomson TG782T Router Manual) i need advise on how to go about it (i.e. test steaming music from this Ext Hard Drive via the router to a PC), prior to purchasing the Sonos Music System.

Thanks is advance.

A:Stream music from External Hard Drive via router and Sonos Music System

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The other day I posted my problem with getting a new computer which had win7 installed. When downloading all my backups which had been on an exterior drive, they ended up in strange places. Suddenly, I had libraries and the library had folders but all the folder were named differently. No more My Documents, my this, my that. Instead they dropped the my, which by itself would not have bee a big deal but then they put my document files into my music folder. Well that got me mad.

I'm a head-hunter and I keep everthing in Outlook Contacts. In those contacts I have links to my candidates' resumes folders. I also have links from my clients to their folders. However, after downloading, having thought I had done everything by the letter, I found the links didn't work. What a mess. I have over 1200 candidates categorized by qualifications. I have clients in a similar situation. Their links don't work either.

Then some very nice people from this site suggested I create partitions and lose the libraries. At first I was frightened. I had heard of partitions but had never been courageous enough to actually try them out. I was also angry with Microsoft because they changed things for no reason. Time is money and I'm losing money when I have to dick around with the computer instead of on the phone head-junting.

Feeling defeated, I bit the bullet, downloaded the software MiniTool Partition. It seemed easy enough but I have run into some snags.

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A:download music from exterior hard drive to Music and Videos partition

Quote: Originally Posted by rikkidegraz

Anyway - baby steps. Can you help me to tranfer the music from my external drive to F: Music and Videos?

Normally, you would just drag them (copy, not move) with the mouse--from the external drive to F:Music and Videos. Can't you do that? But I may be misunderstanding you.


First I would decide how many partitions you ultimately want to end up with on your internal drive.

You need the one named system

You need C

You don't need the others.

Plan 1: put all of your personal files on C and subdivide C with a folder structure: Music, Pictures, Video, Work, whatever suits you. 2 total partitions.

Plan 2: put only Windows and programs on C, and put all data on D. Subdivide D with a similar folder structure. 3 total partitions.

Plan 3: Put Windows on C. Use several different data partitions D, E, F, and so on. One for each data type (music, video, pictures, etc). 4 or more total partitions.

I would lean toward plan 2. You seem to have chosen plan 3.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each of those 3 plans. Plan 3 works, but having a bunch of partitions can be wasteful because you can never anticipate the proper size and growth rate of the data type on a partition.

Your pictures partition is already 80% full.

If you know for sure that you want to stay with those particular partitions, you should be able to use that tool to resize them.

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I was wondering if I would be able to transfer all my music (WMA + itunes files/folders) from my Acer C to New Volume K and still have all my music work the same; meaning itunes still opens normally, etc...

- I use New volume K as my photo and video storage space and works fine, that's why I think this should work to?

-111GB in each drive
C = 62.7GB used
K = 35.2GB used

A:transfer music + itunes from Drive C to K?

Should be ok, but it depends on a couple things: first, I'm assuming you're not actually moving the iTunes program to your K drive, you just want to be able to move all your music to that partition and make no changes to the iTunes program, right? Because if you're trying to move your entire iTunes program to K that would be tricky (and as far as I can see, it would be pointless). So if you just move all your music to your K drive, iTunes will probably throw a thousand different errors at you saying it can't find any of your music, and that will suck. But before I tell you how to do it correctly, I kneed to know one thing: Do you have iTunes set up to copy all your media to the iTunes folder when you add it, or not? To find out, open iTunes and go to File at the top left, then go down to Library, then click Organize Library. Tell me if the box that says "Consolidate files" is checked or not.

Also, just to be clear, your K drive is just a partition on the same Hard Drive as your C drive, right? It's not on a different computer or external HD or something?

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I'm not sure if this should be posted in the Windows software forum or if the Hardware forum is appropriate so I'm starting here.

I recently purchased an external USB drive (WD My Book 160GB) as an external backup drive for my desktop. My question/issue is that Windows is reporting the available drive space at a value that is far less then the total size of the drive minus the sum of the drive space of the existing files on the drive.

For example, the My Book drive is 160GB. Using Windows Explorer I determined the amount of space the existing files & folders on the drive are using by right-clicking each file or folder in the root of teh drive and selecting 'Properties' and using the 'Size' and 'Size On Desk' values in the 'Properties' dialog. The sum of the 'Size On Disk' value of each folder in the root of the drive combined with the same for each file in the root equals 120GB (rounded to the nearest GB). According to the 'Properties' dialog for the drive (right-click the drive in Windows Explorer and select 'Properties') there is 15GB of available drive space.

120GB + 15GB = 135GB

What happened to 25GB of space on the drive?

I used Windows Disk Management to verify the drive space. According to Disk Managment the USB drive has a capacity of 149GB. This raises another question, what happened to 10GB of drive space? The thing is supposse to be 160GB and yet the capacity accoridng to Win... Read more

A:Available Drive Space < Drive Size - Sum of Existing Files

The short answer to there's two different measurement formats used. Decimal (GB) and binary (GiB) formats. Binary is used by Windows and decimal is used by the manufacturers. Both the manufacturer and Windows are giving you the "correct" number at about 149.
That explains some of it but honestly unless the external drive has a hidden partition, which is possible as some of them put on software to backup and also do a backup image file as well.

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I recently used my system image disk to restore on a new (larger) hard drive but now when I look at the hard drive from the computer view it shows my hard drive as being the same size as the old one instead of being the size of the new one. I'm not sure
I'm making much sense so I will post a picture...

Is there anyway to fix this? Does the drive really only have 286 gigs on it?

A:System Image disks installed on new hard drive show new hard drive same size as old one

You have to be logged in as Admin to perform these operations.
Go to Start, and in the Search box, type in DISK MANAGEMENT. Pick the Control Panel item "Create and format disk partitions." Once Disk Management comes up, right-click on the area of your disk and select "Extend volume..." Move it out
as far as you want, making the whole thing one drive.
If that doesn't work for you, then you can download Easeus Partition Manager Home
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm  and create a boot CD from it that will accomplish the same thing (and more, if you want to read up on it). It's a free program and works
with 32- and 64-bit Windows. I like it and use it myself.

SC Tom

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i just got a laptop and idk how to change the damm harddisc spaces. any there got an idea?..

my laptops name is

msi cr720

i want my haddisc to be

C : 30gb
D : rest

(and both is already made, just at standard space), which means it is 250 and 150 on the other :S..

A:[SEEK HELP] Hard disc space changing

You might try the free version of Partition Wizard to resize & partition your HD.

A lot of members here use it.


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I have had a BSOD lately that I cannot seem to figure out. It mostly happens when I play MP3 files using iTunes. They are stored on my network drive, and my other computers do not have this problem. Here is my system information:

Dell XPS 8100
i5 - 3.20 GHz processor
ATI Radeon 5xxx series video card
Corsair 120 GB SSD
USB 3.0 PCI card (2 ports)
External Iomega 2 TB drive (USB 3.0)



A:BSOD playing music from network drive using iTunes

The crashdumps don't really show much pattern but there are some appearance of memory failure. First, however, I recommend turning on Driver Verifier. Do not select the following checks: Force Pending I/O Requests, IRP Logging, and Low Resource Sim. Select all other checks. Make sure to restart system after you finish setup. If you experience a boot loop afterwards, go into Safe Mode by pressing F8 prior to Windows logo and disable DV there. Provide us any new crashdumps.

Once that's taken care of, you can also go ahead and run Memtest86+ for at least 7 passes on your RAM.

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How do I put the hard drive space used and free space on the Partition C: ? Partition D:\ and Partition E:\ has it but for some reason drive C:\ is missing it doesn't say how much space is used and how much space is free. The GBs are missing

A:How to bring back the amount of free space and used space on a hard drive

I'm a little confused about your question

You can't see how much drive space you have left when viewing your C drive via My Computer, or similar?

If you right-click on My Computer and select Manage, when the new window pops up click on Disk Management from the left hand side. What does that tell you about C drive? Assuming your C drive is actually a hard drive (and not a CD drive or something, though I have never heard of this happening and don't even know if it's possible to have C as your CD drive), you should see details at the top of the screen such as how much space you have left, by percentage of total capacity, as well as GB

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I'd like to run a batch file to check hard drive space on an XP computer, and if there is enough space available, then run some commands to create a directory to copy the files from remote server.

Read a text file with all the server ips
Run as service account
Verify that there is enough space on C:
Create a Install directory on remote server
Then copy the file from my computer remote server.

Can anybody please help me!!!

A:batch file to check hard drive space on an XP computer, and if there is enough space

I found this code on "SpiceWorks.com'.

I have not tested. I have not test (just to be clear). It's set up to determine % of free space (on a text file listing of servers) but could be modified to do what you want.

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My solid state drive is half full of with and unknown CAB file (see attached WinDirStat report. I'm running out of space. I've disabled imaging and everything else that I can find to disable and have all data on my D drive which is setup with 2 drives 1 TB each for a total storage space of 1 TB. Your assistance is greatly appreciated! The attached screen shot from yesterday has the file size at 66.3 and today it is at 67.5. Looks like computer cancer.

Thanks so much for considering this.

A:running out of hard drive space. 67.5GB unknown CAB file wasted space

Hello and welcome to the forums, jjvvbb!

Your attachment(s) aren't visible to us.

Please reattach your WinDirStat report properly using this following guide:-

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Alternatively, you could also generate a screenshot of your WinDirStat window and upload it for our perusal using this guide:-


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I have an HP Envy 17 notebook. My notebook has 2 hard drive slots. It came with 2 500 GB HDD's. I decided to re vamp my laptop when I got it new. I put in a 40 GB SSD as my main drive. Desiganted as the C: Drive. I didnt have money for anything larger and I had my mind set on having a fast SSD instead of a normal HDD. I also put in a 320 GB Hard drive as the secondary drive. Its my E: Drive.

I also put in 8GB of Random Access memory. It came with 4GB. I then Installed Windows 7 Ultimate to my 40 GB SSD. I had about 7 GB left after installing. I just wanted a fast boot up. And I wanted Windows to run fast and smoothly.

Awhile later My SSD started having space disappear for no reason. I wasn't installing anything new on the drive, nor was I saving anything extra to it either. The extra 7 GB dwindled down to about 200 MB. Now my notebook is always running on low disk space. I have tried removing unwanted programs. I also tried clearing out cookies, history and my cache. Even tried removing system restore and shadow copies. And also tried the windows disk cleanup utility.

Does anyone know why my SSD started to have space magically vanish? I would like the space back. And can anyone give me any other ideas on how to free space on the drive? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

A:Running out of hard drive space. Need info on how to clear up much needed space.

Probably windows updates that have been downloaded. 40GB is pretty small for Windows 7. You could running through the disk cleanup utility located in START>PROGRAMS>ACCESSORIES>SYSTEM TOOLS

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My hard disk space is being wrongly calculated by my computer, and I would like to know why. The total amount of space (if I click on disk defragmenter) is 27.94 GB. I have noticed that over the last few months, I seem to be "losing" 1 MB per day without installing any new programs or saving stuff to the hard disk. Today, for instance, it indicated 15.09 GB - and when I turned on the PC again - also today, an hour later - it indicated 15.06 GB (which is what it is still indicating). I have not downloaded anything which could have lost me that amount of space. There is no bug or malware around either - I had my logs checked. My computer runs under Windows XP Home Service Pack 2 and IE 7. It's going to be four years old next month. Is this age-related? Is there any way to find out the TRUE size of my hard disk? Format is NTFS, by the way.

A:hard disk space wrongly calculated, size varies a lot between same-day sessions

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Hey guys,
I'm having a big problem with my hard drive space. First of all it keeps decreasing for no apparent reason when i am connected to the internet even though i'm not downloading anything. And i'm not talking about mb but GB!! My first guess was a vius so i ran my antivirus (avast) and removed some issues, but the trouble continues... I installed the WinDirStas as i saw in other posts to find if i missed something. And to my surprise i discovered that my HD is occupied by ~80GB of unaccessible files! I'm not sure i am saying that correctly so see for yourselves...

A:Hard drive space decreasing and showing less space available

I think you should read as 8 point 8... but you do need more overhead for Windows. Look at your pagefile settings in System and maybe have a look at what Windows Indexing settings are...

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It seems like every day recently my leftover free space changes, sometimes it increasing 85 GB sometimes decreasing( 65 GM). I havent downloaded many files or deleted many files recently, and it fluxes about 20 GB. are there reasons why my comp would do this?

Also,when I go to desk management to shrink my c: deriver .... it shows that i just have 7 MB to shrink . My C drive Capacity is 160 GM ..I have 80 GM free on it .!!...so what is the problem


A:Free Space in C: drive is Changing..

Hey man, welcome to the forums! First off, I'd suggest it might be System Restore hogging all your space. What you do is go to START, right click COMPUTER, go to PROPERTIES, then in the left corner, SYSTEM PROTECTION, click Local Disk C: System, then click CONFIGURE. It should look like the attachment. I'll use mine for example. When the system restore uses all its allocated space, it deletes most of it, for some reason to make room for more restore points. Then thats when your memory will be larger. Lemme know how it goes, and I'll see about the rest.
EDIT: Windows seven should use about 12GB btw, so thats where it goes, the more you update, the bigger that gets. Empty your recycle bin, too. Mine collects up to 30GB in a week.

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I have a HP Pavillion dm4 laptop with 2 GB RAM running Windows 7 and I am facing this problem. I have partioned the hard disk drive into C and D , C for Operating system files and D for Documents.

I tried to check how much space is there in C and it indicates only 2.9 GB is free of 50 GB C. but when I enter C drive and select all the folders and files, and click on properties, it shows total size of files on disk is 43 GB. so then I should be having free space of ~ 7 GB.

Now where the extra space go ? I dont understand this. And I enabled to view all the hidden files and folders, . Can someone help me out ?

A:C Drive shows less space than total size of all files

When windows downloads updates it creates restore points which is stored on the c drive. You might have made some your self at one time or another, these wouldn't show up because they are hidden. To clear these out you need to go in to control and then system. Click advanced settings and then click the system protection tab. You can clear out the restore points from there but keep in mind that you won't have any restore points so if anything goes wrong you won't have a restore point to go back to.

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