Why is there used space on a newly formatted external disk?


  1. Posts : 180
    Windows 10 Pro v.20H2 OS Build 19041.662
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    Why is there used space on a newly formatted external disk?


    I newly formatted an external disk which had suddenly presented a problem that was not allowing me to access it either as a standard user or with an administrator account. The disk formatting was done from an administrator account using Windows Disk Management and default settings.

    I'm running Windows 10 Pro v.1909 OS build 18363.836.

    It's a 4TB disk and after formatting it shows the properties below:
    Why is there used space on a newly formatted external disk?-capture_001_16052020_044045.jpg
    There is 50GB used space inside the System Volume Information directory.
    Why is there used space on a newly formatted external disk?-capture_003_16052020_044349.jpg
    What could this data be?
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  2. Macboatmaster's Avatar
    Posts : 947
    10, 8.1 and 7 all Professional versions, and Linux Mint
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    There is nothing amiss here.
    The system volume information service is used for two main purposes
    One to store the data from restore points and two for the indexing purpose
    If you look at your screenshot of the drive properties you will see that indexing is enabled.


    I would say to leave that enabled
    If you needed to search or something on the drive, it would of course be a far faster search with indexing enabled.

    The 50GB is of course - in real terms absolutely nothing of consequence, as the drive being 4TB and a TB being a 1000GB it is as I said - a mere drop in the ocean.

    As to why you had the problem originally of
    suddenly presented a problem that was not allowing me to access it either as a standard user or with an administrator account.
    is well nigh impossible to say, without further details.
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