0 byte free space

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  1. tgquan67

    tgquan67 MDL Novice

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    Recently this strange thing happened on my friend's laptop: C drive is reported to have 0 byte free space (not the "0 byte free space out of 0 byte total" error, the drive still have 121gb in total). I tried to disable system restore, empty the recycle bin (it showed that deleting 15.5gb), but the free space is still 0 byte.
    Is there any chance that some programs keep filling up the drive, a virus (she is using Sophos) or it is a windows error. Since it happened on drive C, I won't be able to format it.
     
  2. FFManHole

    FFManHole MDL Member

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    You could try:

    - running Disk Management (type 'diskmgmt.msc' in Search) and check if C: partition is reporting 0 bytes

    - opening/running Command Prompt as admin (right-click > "Run as administrator"), type: cd \ then at the C:\ prompt, type: dir /a/s which should list all directories/files. It should (correctly) report at the end of the listing the total amount of space available on C:\ Check in Explorer now the total disk space available.

    - booting into Safe Mode and check the amount of free space is reporting the same '0 bytes' as normal mode

    - running Disk Cleanup and chkdsk utility
     
  3. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Seems to be that drive is an SSD? If so, check with Manufacturer of that drive they having some special Recovery apps for those drive.
     
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  4. tgquan67

    tgquan67 MDL Novice

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    No, it's a HDD.
     
  5. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    Run Chkdsk to correct file system errors...
     
  6. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Oops, 121GB, seems a bit old? Maybe not, I run Windows XP on an 13GB and that still works, just for one special Apps, not normal working!
     
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  7. tgquan67

    tgquan67 MDL Novice

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    C is just one partition, there is another drive E and a 100gb unallocated space.
    P/s: drive D is the DVD drive.
     
  8. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    #8 LatinMcG, Apr 25, 2013
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    ive had to do a few thing in this case..
    try
    partition recovery freeware
    this usualy works .. i use non freeware like active@ boot disk version 5 or higher.

    if the partition recovery didnt go well i use to recover the files.. find and mount (.com with no spaces) from hirens boot disk


    i used to do it the hard way with ptedit32 (rewriting same disk info!! NOT CHANGING IT) in hirens disk but then i tried partition recovery tool from ntfs.com and it works most times.
    good luck
     
  9. rrohela

    rrohela MDL Expert

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    OP can load OS from that drive & using it without problem(What i understand)... I that case why partition recovery?
    Problem is windows free space reporting
     
  10. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    truee.. i didnt realize he was able to use it and boot.. in that case open the start menu then type CMD then RIGHT CLICK AND RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR

    now type
    chkdsk /f
    press enter
    then it will ask it cant lock drive.. do on next restart and u press
    Y then enter
    restart pc and let it do chkdsk /f

    if problem persists u might have hdd corruption and might need to backup and format reinstall. or replace hdd if S.M.A.R.T. logs show errors
     
  11. tgquan67

    tgquan67 MDL Novice

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    I recently found that some stupid program keep filling the C:\windows\temp folder with files like etilqs-xxxxxxxxxxxx, biggest file is ~800mb and many smaller files, total of 50gb. I deleted them all, but it started filling again.
    I suspect a software from western digital that will automatically backup the computer is the trouble-maker, but I will investigate more.
     
  12. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    etilqs = Software that uses SQLite databases. ETILQS = SQLITE spelled backwards. ;)
     
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