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Deleting files from hard drive does not free up more space. only ~170gb have been put onto it, but it reports only ~72gb available

My 500gb hard drive reports approximately 72gb available, though ive only put about 170gb onto it. deleting files does not free up more space

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Deleting files giving free space.

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Mostly this is affected by match used to construct the drive geometry. The narrative below is courtesy Tiger Direct of Canada and is their copyrighted content.

When we ask our customers if an Answer is satisfactory, the requested rating is four diamonds for a thorough answer. Hopefully, you will find the below content achieves that mark.
  1. The way size is calculated and displayed.
  2. Any "Partitions" on the disk will change the total in a specific partition.
  3. Hidden files and folders decrease available space.
  4. Compression increases the apparent size, but not the physical size.
  5. Drives larger than the OS or Drivers natively supports.
hddsizescreen.jpgFirst, the definition of a megabytes (or gigabytes) is a unit of data storage capacity measured in 1,048,576 bytes (or 1024KB). The larger the numbers, the more apparent the size difference will be when listing the size as megabytes (or gigabytes) versus bytes. Actually, both numbers are correct. The noticeable difference is due to the 1024KB definition of a megabyte. This is why a 95.3GB hard drive can also be listed as having 102 billion bytes of total space. Just think of it as "round off" In the screen shot at right: The first number is the total number of bytes, the second number is based on the number of megabytes or gigabytes.
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