Windows Server 2003 reporting wrong free disk space information

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Gilbert, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. Gilbert

    Gilbert Guest

    I have a Windows 2003 server and I have a F: drive that is reporting
    incorrect free space. In My computer, it shows 68 GB capacity and only about
    200Mb free.

    If I select all the folders on that drive and go to Properties, it only
    shows 54GB used up. I ran chkdsk and here's what I get:

    C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>chkdsk f:
    The type of the file system is NTFS.
    Volume label is Data.

    WARNING! F parameter not specified.
    Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.

    CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
    50409 file records processed.
    File verification completed.
    361 large file records processed.
    0 bad file records processed.
    0 EA records processed.
    0 reparse records processed.
    CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
    157528 index entries processed.
    Index verification completed.
    5 unindexed files processed.
    CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
    50409 security descriptors processed.
    Security descriptor verification completed.
    1636 data files processed.

    71681998 KB total disk space.
    71483304 KB in 34056 files.
    14000 KB in 1638 indexes.
    0 KB in bad sectors.
    118622 KB in use by the system.
    65536 KB occupied by the log file.
    66072 KB available on disk.

    4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
    17920499 total allocation units on disk.
    16518 allocation units available on disk.

    I ran it with the /F option but I haven't rebooted my server for it to run.

    1. I ran Disk cleanup to get rid of temp files, trash, etc.
    2. Disk Quota is not turned on
    3. I read the article on Microsoft's site
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;303079
    but it didn't help me understand what's happening on the server
     
    Gilbert, Nov 12, 2008
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  2. in-line
    this method is unreliable, as it only enumerates files and folders you have
    access to, and is likely to skip a lot. Even when you are Administrator on
    the machine. Do not trust this method.


    [same as previous]
    this method is unreliable, as it only enumerates files and folders you have
    access to, and is likely to skip a lot. Even when you are Administrator on
    the machine. Do not trust this method.




    this is a good method !! good indication of your actual free space.
    Which in this case is (16518 * 4096) / 1024 / 1024 = 64.5 MB

    This is VERY low, consider a serious clean up, including moving certain data
    to another volume.

    Rgds,
    Edwin.
     
    Edwin vMierlo [MVP], Nov 13, 2008
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  3. Follow the Article
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814594

    and

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ntdebugging/archive/2008/07/03/ntfs-misreports-free-space.aspx

    Your issue might be resolved.

    Regards

    Manish
     
    Manish Bajpai, Feb 9, 2011
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