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 Post Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2022 9:07 pm 
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My new Asus computer came with a primary 1 TB SSD (C: drive) and a secondary 2 TB HDD (D: drive). I have put nothing on the HDD, but when I check the drive properties it shows a free space of 167 TB and a used space of 144 GB.

I have no idea what is contained in the 144 GB. It's not hidden files, because they are set to show. And it is described as a data drive, so I wouldn't expect to see any system files. But the used size of 167 GB implies that there is quite a bit of 'stuff' on the drive.

Any idea what might be on that fresh drive and/or how to find out? Thanks in advance....

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Might be recovery files of some sort since it is a pre-built system.


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Look at Drive Management and see how the drive is partitioned.

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Look at Drive Management and see how the drive is partitioned.

Jay, the photo result of Disk Management is attached. My OS C: drive has several partitions....I see a Restore and a Discovery partition and a couple more. Maybe you can tell me what all those smaller partitions are?

But my Data D: drive has no partitions, so I still don't know what is contained in the 144 GB of used space shown in drive properties.

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They are just normal system partitions.

The EFI partition is your boot loaders and such.
The Restore partition is an OEM thing that holds all that should be needed to restore the system to factory. May or may not need a utility to access. You would need to check with the manufacturer to know if a utility is needed.

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Thanks, Jay. So what is your opinion as to what is taking up 144 GB on Data (D:)?

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Thanks, Jay. So what is your opinion as to what is taking up 144 GB on Data (D:)?

Can't really answer... well can partly... A little bit is the drive's data that tells the system where everything is.

Part may also be installs for trial software but I can't really know. Have you used File Explorer to open the drive to see what is there? If nothing shows in File Explorer you can probably just do a quick format on the drive to get back all free space but I suspect that the drive MAY be setup for your data and your data copies MAY have gone to this drive.

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D has your Page file and a Recycle Bin and probably a System Restore .


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D has your Page file and a Recycle Bin and probably a System Restore .

Shoot! I totally missed that D: had the page file.

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BB, your drives are fine. just leave things as they are.

I would suggest that you do your program installs to the C: drive and keep data on the D: drive. This would include your wildlife cameras. Have them go to the D: drive.

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File Explorer shows that the D drive is empty. Only when I go to Properties do I see that 144 GB is used space, which I think is a lot of space (but there was some crapola delivered on this machine).

My habit is to keep the programs and their data on the same C drive. That's why I got a larger C drive this time. I always used the D drive (and external drives) for backups. I also used an external drive for my wildlife camera data, but I may do as you suggested and keep my wildlife camera data on D.

I'll just leave D alone. Thanks for your inputs..........

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Pagefile is a system file and most likely hidden. There is a checkbox in the Folder Options View menu to show "Protected" system files. There may be a couple of them there that you can't see.


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