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I have a 40 gig drive on my Toshiba Satellite with XP SP3 installed. It comes up as only 37 gigs so 3 gigs are in the void there but I'm not worried about that because I realize that when they say 40 they mean "almost 40". What I am pissed about is the other 6 gigs that are unaccounted for after I add up the totals from my used and free space. It doesn't add up. I had this problem a long time ago and I forget how I fixed so maybe I never did. 6 gigs is really nothing but until I get a new 320 gigger or more which I can't afford right now, 6 gigs is alot considering what the hell could be taking up 6 gigs that I can't even see? Is Microsoft the culprit? I know there were hidden .dat files in earlier xp releases but I used to be able to remove them but this time I don't know WHAT it is - ?

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Also make go to Device Manager and check if you have any unallocated space witch isnt formatted yet.

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Hi
Also make go to Device Manager and check if you have any unallocated space witch isnt formatted yet.

Could possibly be the problem. A lot of people I've talked to that have had this problem, this was what was wrong.

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could be disk cache/buffer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_buffer

It's GOTTA be that. I'm gonna check that out - thanks. Yeah, I added the unallocated space and every single folder and file on the drive and it comes out to 6 gigs less than the reported used space. I hate that!

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It wasn't the disk cache/buffer. I read the link but that would account for only 32 mb max. Something is taking up 6 gigs that is not visible and I have "hide files" in folder options unchecked. This is crazy.

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May be there is some temporary files, list of folders that may contain temp files:
1. C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Local Settings\Temp
2. C:\Windows\Temp
3. C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
4. C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Recent\
If these folders are hidden and you can't see then type addresses to address bar

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May be there is some temporary files, list of folders that may contain temp files:
1. C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Local Settings\Temp
2. C:\Windows\Temp
3. C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
4. C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Recent\
If these folders are hidden and you can't see then type addresses to address bar

the cleaner i posted in my first post will empty all temp folders

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