How to check available free disk space


Did you know…

That Windows may not recognize all of your available disk space. For example, you have a hard drive with a capacity of a few dozen gigabytes, but Windows Explorer might state you have only a few gigabytes of the disk space available. As a result, you may receive the error message stating that you are running out of disk space, even though your hard drive has plenty of a free space.

There are different solutions for this problem. Some of them may require adding more partitions to your hard drive, or even reformat it. It is highly recommended to back up all of your important data before getting to resolve this issue.
Remember that maximizing the amount of available disk space helps to increase your computer speed and improves the PC overall performance.

But what if you just run out of free disk space?
Do not forget to check your hard drives and track which files and folders occupy the most space. Sometimes, some temporary files, which left by some program, takes gigabytes of your hard drive space.
With ActiveSMART yoou can quickly analyze your disk and see, which files and directories take up your free space.

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It is also worth noticing that there are two different methods of reporting the drive sizes. Manufacturers usually quote disk capacity in multiples of powers of 1000, where a terabyte is 1000 gigabytes and a gigabyte is 1000 megabytes. File systems, on the other hand, report capacity in powers of 1024, which makes the available space appear somewhat less than advertised capacity. This inconsistency had serious financial consequences for at least one hard drive manufacturer when a class action suit argued the different methods misled consumers.

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