WD Elements external drive occupies more space than its holding

Discussion in 'hardware' started by DVD+R, Feb 21, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. DVD+R

    DVD+R Registered Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2006
    Posts:
    1,979
    Location:
    The Antipodes
    Now I'm having issues with my WD Elements external hard drive i only use this as my backup and /or data drive and at the moment all I have stored is 52.6GB of MP3's which are over 802 Full Albums from past and present, I'd be devastated if I lost these :doubt: but the total occupied drive space shows 62.9GB yet theres nothing showing in hidden system files or anywhere else for that matter. I've considered transfering over to my C:/ drive and then formatting the WD Elements, and then transfering back, but before I do, is there any other way to get this corrected?
     
  2. bgoodman4

    bgoodman4 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2009
    Posts:
    3,132
    I have no idea if there is a way to fix this but if you would be devastated to lose your music files I would suggest a 2nd copy on a 2nd drive would be a smart thing to do. I just picked up a 320 gig drive for $49 at Frys and I bet you could get an even cheaper drive on-line. Seems like an inexpensive way to protect your collection to me.
     
  3. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2005
    Posts:
    8,647
    Location:
    NSW, Australia
    DVD+R,

    In Folder Options, are you showing both these options? Show Hidden Files. Show Protected OS Files.

    Try this free app...

    http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/

    It should demonstrate an inappropriately large folder.
     
  4. bgoodman4

    bgoodman4 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2009
    Posts:
    3,132
    Looks like an interesting program,,,,,,,

    ,,,,,any overpowering reason to buy the pro version or once you run the free version can you easily do whatever you would be able to do with pro on your own?
     
  5. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2005
    Posts:
    8,647
    Location:
    NSW, Australia
    bgoodman4,

    I've tried both. The Pro version does a lot more but it is pricey. I like the feature where you can export a report as an .xml file and use this file at a later date as a comparison with the current partition. It lets you know which files have been added/deleted.
     
  6. bgoodman4

    bgoodman4 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2009
    Posts:
    3,132
    Does sound nice but as you say it is pricey. Thanks for the info.
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.