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  1.    12 Dec 2015 #1
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    Explorer suddenly not showing free space for one partition.


    This has suddenly happened, explorer is missing the 'space' information from the display.

    The build up to this was simply creating a Windows disk image using W10's own utility. Mysteriously the space bar on the problem partition showed some usage, about 1.7Gb but nothing could be found in the partition. I've even tried deleting the partition in Disk Management and reassigning a drive letter but nothing gets the display back.

    Any ideas ?

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  2.    12 Dec 2015 #2
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    Have you tried renaming the drive with a shorter name. The long description has caused the line to wrap and this might have obscured the details. I have not tested this but it was just a thought based on what I see in your image.
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  3.    12 Dec 2015 #3
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    Thanks for the reply...

    That's the one thing I didn't try although it had been OK up until a couple of hours ago. When I deleted the partition as a final resort, I reinstated it with the same name. Drat I wish I had tried that.

    I've hit so many snags with this new install that I'm starting afresh. It will be interesting to see if the same thing happens again.
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  4.    12 Dec 2015 #4
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    OK, well let us know how it goes. A clean install may be a huge improvement for you if that is what you are doing.
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  5.    12 Dec 2015 #5
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    Which space are you guys talking about, the light green 2.04GB Free space?
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  6.    12 Dec 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Which space are you guys talking about, the light green 2.04GB Free space?
    No; the missing details in the previous image, area circled in red.
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  7.    12 Dec 2015 #7
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    Mooly,
    I don't have anything to solve your issue.
    I just have a comment or 2. Pardon me if it is off topic.
    Why store your image backup within the compute ?
    Wouldn't it be more logical to store the backups in an external media ? If the computer goes kaput, how will you use the backups that are inside the computer ?

    Personally, I do system image backup to my external hard drive about once a month or after big updates install.
    If my computer goes down and I cannot access it, I can still use my backup to restore the system.
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  8.    12 Dec 2015 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by philc43 View Post
    OK, well let us know how it goes. A clean install may be a huge improvement for you if that is what you are doing.
    Arrghh

    This started life two days ago as a super clean install. When I get it sorted I'll tell you all about it... long story short... Acronis TI2016 went and self destructed itself (couldn't add backups to its list) and so in despair I reinstalled and relied on W10's own disk imaging. That was going swimmingly well until I ran it a third time and that's when all this started. The missing free space text problem appeared but more worryingly, the used space was showing 'something' as having occupied 1.7Gb. Nothing in Windows would show what it was...... nothing I tried got the missing text back. Lol, third time lucky with yet another clean install. This time I'm using an older version of Acronis run from bootable media.

    Quote Originally Posted by davidhk View Post
    Mooly,
    I don't have anything to solve your issue.
    I just have a comment or 2. Pardon me if it is off topic.
    Why store your image backup within the compute ?
    Wouldn't it be more logical to store the backups in an external media ? If the computer goes kaput, how will you use the backups that are inside the computer ?

    Personally, I do system image backup to my external hard drive about once a month or after big updates install.
    If my computer goes down and I cannot access it, I can still use my backup to restore the system.
    Hi David,

    Your quite correct in what you say.

    My method is to store running incremental backups on partition Y along with any important full images made. Those important ones (and also month end ones) get transferred over to a separate HDD. The initial installs are on the 'Recovery Files' partition and that also contains all the software applications I install. That to is all backed up again on another drive. All my personal files/photos/music is backed up onto flash drive. So all in all I have several backups that can always recover my files in the worst case scenario.
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  9.    12 Dec 2015 #9
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    @ Mooly:
    So..., where are you at right now with this mess?
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  10.    12 Dec 2015 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidhk View Post
    Why store your image backup within the compute ?
    There's nothing wrong with that as long as the backup is stored on a physically separate drive (separate from system drive). That way you can freely modify/restore/format/repair/replace the system drive and sill have access to the image.

    Quote Originally Posted by davidhk View Post
    Wouldn't it be more logical to store the backups in an external media ? If the computer goes kaput, how will you use the backups that are inside the computer?
    There are backups and there are backups. Some people take backups to save their data from fire, theft, aerial bombardment or similar acts. Such backups are best stored externally (and preferably off-site). Other people make backups to protect their data from OS failures, equipment failures or their own stupidity. There's nothing wrong with storing such backups on-site or even "inside the computer" as long as the data is separated from the expected point of failure (like system drive).

    Quote Originally Posted by davidhk View Post
    Personally, I do system image backup to my external hard drive about once a month or after big updates install. If my computer goes down and I cannot access it, I can still use my backup to restore the system.
    That's great, but as long as one has space to waste on one's internal HDD, storing it on that internal HDD will work just as well (observing what I said above, of couse). A separate internal HDD will remain accessible regardless of what happens to your computer. In fact, your external HDD is just an ordinary internal HDD in an external enclosure. On can argue that a bare drive can be even easier to access than an enclosed one.
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