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    Acer laptop hardrive capacity
    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
    Processor Count: 1
    RAM: 1535 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (Dell) , 128 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 152617 MB, Free - 115367 MB;
    Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0W2562, , ..CN4811141300FK.
    Antivirus: Kaspersky Internet Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

    This hard drive has 110 GB of usable HD capacity
    The hardrive properties are:
    31.7 GB used space .. 19.7 GB free space
    19.8 GB free space of 51.1 GB
    I removed all photo and document files from the laptop tonight.
    I also ran RidNacs disk utilitiy to check on where all the space is going.
    I removed a lot of stuff, but something is still not good.
    The properties of my "C" drive say that I have 30 GB of used space and 24.8 GB of free space.
    The RidNacs scan indicated:

    Acer ..29.7 GB
    Windows .. 21.3 GB
    Program Files .. 2.14 GB
    Users .. 2.14 GB
    Pagefile.sys .. 2.04 GB
    Program Data .. 1.19 GB
    Acer .. 489 MB
    DRV .. 169 MB
    Nvidea .. 137 MB
    Boot .. 13.8 MB
    Book .. 3.81 MB
    Grouped Files .. 2.71 MB
    Documents and settings .. access denied
    System volume information .. access denied

    This hardrive has a 110 GB usable capacity.
    Am I missing something?
    Thanks

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    Am I missing something?
    Yes. Good information. There's conflicting information there.

    In section 1, it says,
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 152617 MB, Free - 115367 MB;
    That, to me says you have just one 152.6Gb hard drive with just one partition in your computer. Is that true? If not sure, I would look at the model number, either in Device Manager, or by the label on the actual drive and Google it. I would guess it would be marketed as a 160Gb drive - assuming there is only one drive, and it is not partitioned.

    Then in section 2, it says,
    This hard drive has 110 GB of usable HD capacity.
    "Usable capacity" to me is telling me how big the drive (or partition) is, 110Gb. Yet we just saw it had 115Gb free on a 160Gb drive! There's always some differences as drive makers (or their marketing departments ) use 1000Kb = 1Mb while the rest of the computing world uses 1024Kb = 1Gb. But those differences in your report are too great for that to be it.
    31.7 GB used space .. 19.7 GB free space
    19.8 GB free space of 51.1 GB
    I really don't know what that all means. 19.7 almost equals 19.8 and 31.7 + 19.7 is just a little more than 51.1. Where does that fit it? 51.1 + 110 usable capacity = 161.1Gb.

    Is that close enough to 160? Not if you have a 500Gb drive.

    Do note that notebook makers frequently create a hidden partition on the drive where they store a compressed imaged of your drive the day the notebook came out of the factory. This is used to do a "factory restore". It is designed to be particularly difficult to remove and I recommend you don't attempt to unless (1) you have created the necessary backup disks to do a factory restore, and (2) if it is still under warranty.
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    Lots of good stuff from you.

    I got the Hard Drives: C: Total - 152617 MB, Free - 115367 MB by running SysInf.exe
    I got the This hard drive has 110 GB of usable HD capacity from running Belarc Advisor Computer Profile Summary.
    I got the 31.7 GB used space .. 19.7 GB free space .. 19.8 GB free space of 51.1 GB by clicking on My Computer, Right Clicking Properties (C) Drive.
    I'm not sure if I fully understand what it is that you are saying but I went to Device Manager and got some info for you.
    Maybe this will help.
    Thanks

    Device Manager

    Hitachi HTS541612J9SA00 ATA Device
    Partition Type MBR
    Capacity 114472 MB
    Acer (C): 52371 MB
    Data (D): 52107 MB

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    Of you posted a picture of your Disk Management, that would help.

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    My former post has all the hard drive info available in Device Manager is there something else?
    I'm thinking that it is a 120GB drive with one partition and if I want more i should delete (D) drive data.
    Does this sound correct?

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    Hard to tell without a picture of Disk Management.

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    jonboi, if you can upload a picture on photobucket or somewhere and post its URL here without the http/www, it will be a big help. One of the Mods could fix the link, as you may not have permission to post the full URL right away.

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    I'm not sure how to accomodate the photo request, can I include an attachment?
    But to repeat myself this is all of the info that is available on the Device Manager page, unless you are looking for something that I do not know where to go. Thanks, John
    Hitachi HTS541612J9SA00 ATA Device
    Partition Type MBR
    Capacity 114472 MB
    Acer (C): 52371 MB
    Data (D): 52107 MB

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    If you cannot upload it, mail it to me on thewindowsclub at hotmail dot com

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    Here are the images sent to me:







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