Windows Explorer Shows Disc with MORE space used than is used by files


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    Windows Explorer Shows Disc with MORE space used than is used by files


    I am hoping someone can help me. I am operating a Dell Precision 5520 that is a 2 - 3 years old. I have 500G harddive - that shows about 453G that is usable.

    Of the 453G - Windows Explorer is showing that I only have about 7.7G free. However, if I add up all the space required by the files/folders - I am only around 100G, meaning I should have almost 353G free. I have unhidden the hidden files (except the operating files) - so my 100G is including those hidden folders.

    I have a feeling it has something to do with previous use of dropbox, but I have searched and can't find any old unremoved dropbox folders/files.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi.
    WinDirStat Can give you a visual of your disk layout, and may help you find the culprit.
    WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
    Also, this (Windows Search) has been a problem in the past:
    What is the Windows.edb file in Windows 10/8/7
    One other thing comes to mind - If you have ZoneAlarm Firewall on there, it may be creating multiple honey-pot files (I believe it's C:\SandBlastBackup) to protect against ransomware, which can eat up all kinds of space if it's not running correctly (as I found on one machine - I watched a 250GB SSD fill up right before my very eyes, in a matter of minutes!).

    And, welcome to Tenforums!
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    Thank you for the response on this issue. I will give the WinDirStat a shot tomorrow (I am not at that computer now) - and let you know what I learn.

    I am not using ZoneAlarm - so luckily I can rule that one out.

    Thanks for the welcome greeting too!
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    mmclaren said:
    Thank you for the response on this issue. I will give the WinDirStat a shot tomorrow (I am not at that computer now) - and let you know what I learn.

    I am not using ZoneAlarm - so luckily I can rule that one out.

    Thanks for the welcome greeting too!
    Sounds good. (Checkpoint Software also do the SandBlastBackup folder thing...)
    Will be interesting to see what you find.
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