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avextraxjp



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 12:03 am    Post subject: partition free space Reply with quote

I Have a 80GB hard disk divided into two partitions. One running XP SP2 and the other left empty. I used to store files on the unoccupied partition and had recently cleared all the files. On "My Computer" the empty partitions shows a "used space" of 110MB. I reformatted the empty partition and the "used space" shows 60MB. Shouldn't the partition show a O used space since it contains O files, excluding some system files on the empty partition which are hidden by default and only occupy a few hundred KB ?
I've run an antivirus scan which reveals nothing.

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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have a page file set for this partition? If so then this will use up some space. The hidden system files will also occupy some space.
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure what a page file is.
But the file system is NTFS and indexed service is checked for fast file searching.
The partition occupies 65.6MB when 'empty'
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PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A page file is the space taken up by virtual memory on the hard drive. Also known as a swap file.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

is it supposed to take 65.6MB in space?
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will depend on what you have set for your virtual memory settings. You mentioned in this thread that you have been changing it.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoftStag wrote:
You mentioned in this thread that you have been changing it.


That's on another PC running Vista, This case affects a XP machine.

I've set the page file on the XP machine as "automatically manage file size for all drives" Isn't this suppose to take up space on the partition which the OS is installed and not the empty partition?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have set it to automatically manage for all drives, then potentially all drives (partitions) can have a swap file.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I've checked that the default setting for the partition is "no paging file"
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then I'm not sure why this would be the case then.
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