how to find and recover lost hard drive space in Windows

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Many people in recent times are using hard drives to save data. That is why it serves as one of the main storage media. But some people are losing some hard drive space without knowing the exact reason.

Suppose we are running Windows 7 on a PC.

Here we are running a 250GB system and some programs for some programs. Suppose we have an additional 3TB SATA hard disk drive. Explorer This drive is capable of using 2.72 TB and 470 GB of free space.

Indicates folders, however, that files use up to 2.2TB of space. Most partitions and hidden files on this drive do not contain such amy. However when we add this space where all the folders and files are taken, using Explorer will show less than 300GB of space.

If you also suffer from a similar problem, your answer is yes, I believe you are very lucky. Here are 6 reasons why you can find solutions. Now you can find out what this place takes and why this place does not exist.

Here are 5 common causes for this missing hard drive.

What if I lost more space on a Windows hard drive, a PS3 hard drive, an Xbox 360 and a portable hard drive? To find out the missing storage on a hard disk drive or SSD, we must first identify the one that occupies the missing space. In general, there are 5 situations in which Windows loses space on a hard drive.

1. Hard disk makers cannot promise efficiency.

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Drives are available in a variety of capacities on the hard disk. Of these, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, etc. are available in Fog. However, these windows are newly purchased in Disk Management. When checking hard disk capacity.

By adding space to each drive, the disk size is actually actually a little smaller than what those manufacturers claim. If we look at the cause of what, where do we find out where this missing place has gone?

Generally, manufacturers of hard disks have 1 GB = 1000 MB, 1 MB = 1000 KB, plus 1KB = 1000 B (byte), but in fact we see 1 GB = 1024 MB, 1 MB = 1024 KB, and 1 KB = 1024 B How is that. So for manufacturers the 500 GB hard disk is only available to the user with 465GB. As a result, we lose about 7% of our disk space on the hard drive.


2. Hidden partitions take up space

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We find that most computers and laptops in general come with hidden partitions, such as the OEM partition, the recovery partition and the Microsoft reserved partition. You can also find all of these partitions in hidden partitions in Disk Management. Or you can remove the OEM partition by backing up the system.

3. System Protection Occupies a lot of space.

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Information about your computer’s system files and settings System protection is created regularly to save a little space. This process creates recovery points in advance of important system events.

For example, we notice that we install a program or device driver. These restore points take up more space as the restore points are set to half drive capacity. If we want to view the data, we can check the Information folder of the system volume.

4. There is unallocated hard disk space

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Failure to partition the data will prevent us from using the newly purchased hard disk. We need to create partitions on disk if we want to talk about this specifically. We can only see the partitioned space on our computer by Windows Explorer.

You can also find unallocated or unallocated space in Disk Management.

Even if you find that you have occupied this missing space, if you want to recover this missing space, you need to follow the procedure given below to get the true capacity of your hard drive.

5. Hibernate file or page file consumes a lot of space

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We can consider both the hibernate file (hiberfil.sys) and the pagefile (pagefile.sys) as hidden system files. When our computer goes into hibernation mode, we can assume that this file is hiberfiles created by the operating system in it.

If we do not notice the size of this file then RAM occupies half of the space. For example, if you have 8GB of RAM on your computer, the size of this hibernation file (hiberfil.sys) would be about 4GB. Both the hibernate file (hiberfile.sis) and the page file do not appear by default.

Once you have entered any folder options you will have the opportunity to view them after selecting Hide Files of Protected Operating System.

Here are 5 solutions to restore lost space on this hard drive and restore the hard drive to full capacity.

First Solution: – Consult the manufacturers.

As I told you earlier, if you think that 7% of your hard drive is missing disk space. If your missing space is more than 7%, you can contact the manufacturer. However if your missing space here is less than 7%, i.e. for example 1TB hard disk space shows only 931GB then in such a situation we cannot go for the missing disk space.

Second Solution: – Hide partitions with software.

After you install the OS on Windows on a hard disk that you have never needed or used, even hidden partitions will be created by default. This way, not all hidden partitions will show up in Windows Explorer. However, they can be found in Disk Management. But disk management does not even give these partitions an option to browse contents.

So if you want to see these, you need software that can be useful for hidden partitions. EaseUS Partition Master not only shows you all the hidden partitions, but also gives you a unique feature to view the contents of these hidden partitions.

We also use this feature to browse the FAT / NTFS / ReFS / EXT2 / EXT3 file system partition. With any feature, you can also check if you need the following information.

  • The total and total space of the partition.
  • File directory of all folders and files. Each folder / file contains created / edited / accessed time information.
  • Size information of a specific file with this feature is also available.
  • Follow the steps to view all the information of your partition.

Step 1. Select Partition.

Step 2. Right click on it and click “Explore”.

Explore the partition

Then, you can see that no partition has a drive letter or partition. In this situation, we can locate the missing space and hide the drive letter or partitions.

Third solution:- . Disable system protection

System Protection Creates and saves information about your computer’s system files and settings, which can take up a lot of space. Then, disabling system protection is a good option to free up space.

Step 1. Right-click on this PC / Computer, select “Properties” and then click “System Protection”.

Step 2. Click on the Configure button under the “System Protection” tab.

In the restore settings, you will see an option asking you to turn off system protection. Select this option and apply the changes you made.

Disable system recovery

If you have a large amount of space on your HDD, you can continue with this option because it protects your system.

Fourth solution:- Divide the space and restore the missing space.

Unallocated space is called “unallocated space”. When you see unallocated space, you cannot use this disk until you create a partition on it. To partition it and restore the hard drive to full capacity, you can:


1. Manually restore unallocated space

.1 Right-click on an unallocated space and select “New Normal Volume” to create a new partition with that space. You can create multiple partitions using this space, choose the right size.

2. Alternatively, right-click on the partition in front of the unallocated space and select “Expand Volume” to expand the partition to this location.

2. Restore the missing HDD space-

Method 2. Restore the missing space using the partitioning tool

If you have trouble manually allocating unallocated space, you can use professional partitioning software to get the job done easily.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master‌

In the main window, right-click on an unallocated space on your hard drive or external storage device and select “Create”.

Create a partition in the unallocated space

Step 2. Adjust the new partition size, file system, label, etc.

Set the size, partition label, drive letter, file system, etc. for the new partition and click “OK” to continue.

Set up a new partition

Step 3. Make sure to create a new partition

Make sure to create a new partition by clicking on the “Execute Operation” button and then clicking “Apply”.

Confirm and keep all changes

5th solution Delete the hibernate file

The hibernate file also takes up a lot of space, you can delete them to restore the missing space on the HDD. Here are the steps to delete Hiberfil.sys file.

Step 1. Go to the Start menu, type cmd, right click on “Command Prompt” results and select “Run as Administrator”.

Step 2. Then type powercfg -h off and press “Enter”.

Delete the hiberfil.sys file

6th solution;- Reformat the partition to reduce cluster size

The cluster size is set when we format the partition. When you use an inconsistent cluster size, you can format this partition to reset the cluster size. Follow the steps below to format the partition with the best HDD format tool. You can resize the cluster during the process. Here, we recommend 512 bytes.

Any of the solutions can solve your problem. If you still have questions you can contact live chat or send us an email.


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