Difference in size of a folder with its contents

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  1. Posts : 100
    win 10 x64
       #1

    Difference in size of a folder with its contents


    Hello to all,

    I have a folder Documents and when I check its properties, Windows 10 x64 shows ~13 GB as its size. But when go within it and select all contents and check for properties (from the context menu) it shows ~3 GB as all of its contents' size. I also checked the show hidden items checkbox, but no changes!

    Why are these different please?
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  2. Posts : 42,497
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Hi, a big difference.

    Please confirm you have included the size of the contents of any folders within documents as well as any files there.

    Note there are two ways Windows can typically hide files:
    Difference in size of a folder with its contents-snap-2019-03-09-10.35.43.png
    However I would not expect the second to be applicable to the content of Documents.

    Are any 3rd party programs in use to hide files or folders?

    What is the result of running
    chkdsk C: /scan
    from an admin command or Powershell prompt?
    (Assuming Documents is on C: )

    Please post a screenshot of Properties for Documents.
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  3. Posts : 100
    win 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hi,

    Here is My folder options:

    Difference in size of a folder with its contents-1.png

    >> Are any 3rd party programs in use to hide files or folders?
    No, I don't think.

    Here is is the result of running chkdsk C: /scan:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17763.292]
    (c) 2018 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>chkdsk C:/scan
    The type of the file system is NTFS.

    Stage 1: Examining basic file system structure ...
    854528 file records processed.
    File verification completed.
    5614 large file records processed.
    0 bad file records processed.

    Stage 2: Examining file name linkage ...
    599 reparse records processed.
    1092732 index entries processed.
    Index verification completed.
    0 unindexed files scanned.
    0 unindexed files recovered to lost and found.
    599 reparse records processed.

    Stage 3: Examining security descriptors ...
    Security descriptor verification completed.
    119103 data files processed.
    CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
    38538592 USN bytes processed.
    Usn Journal verification completed.

    Windows has scanned the file system and found no problems.
    No further action is required.

    173450239 KB total disk space.
    104570416 KB in 716383 files.
    340752 KB in 119104 indexes.
    0 KB in bad sectors.
    967859 KB in use by the system.
    65536 KB occupied by the log file.
    67571212 KB available on disk.

    4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
    43362559 total allocation units on disk.
    16892803 allocation units available on disk.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>


    Here's a screenshot of Properties for Documents:
    Difference in size of a folder with its contents-2.png
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  4. Posts : 42,497
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #4

    Thanks, the Properties sheet makes perfect sense.. and chkdsk is ok, so I'm just wondering where the 3Gb figure came from...
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  5. Posts : 100
    win 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #5

    the 3Gb figure came from...?

    What's that, please?
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  6. Posts : 100
    win 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #6

    And do you agree that I cut the contents which is about 3GB and paste them in a new folder and then delete the Documents folder to get rid of that extra 10 GB?
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  7. Posts : 42,497
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #7

    it shows ~3 GB as all of its contents' size.
    How did you come to a figure of 3Gb? Whatever you are inspecting to reach that figure should also match the number of files and folders shown in Properties above. If less than, you've missed some.

    At present I have insufficient info to see why you think there's 3Gb in Documents.
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  8. Posts : 100
    win 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #8

    >> How did you come to a figure of 3Gb?

    Here's the size of the contents (selected by ctrl+A):

    Difference in size of a folder with its contents-3.png
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  9. Posts : 42,497
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #9

    Difference in size of a folder with its contents-snap-2019-03-09-14.02.00.png

    Can you see the difference?
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  10. Posts : 56,792
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #10

    Suggestion.....

    Due to the fact that Explorer and Windows in general have a tendency to play with the numbers, allocated vs actual, hidden, system files, etc..... get an independent view that is accurate and not distorted. Tree Size Free. Another is WinDirStat.

    TreeSize Free - Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Space Hogs

    WinDirStat - Windows Directory Statistics
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