boot camp lost 25 gb

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jonaseriksson, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. jonaseriksson macrumors member

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    hi

    just installed xp via boot camp. chose FAT so that i can transfer files between my partitions.

    xp sees the 31,7 gb hard drive, but only reports 5 of it to be free. the actual space occupied by all folders is about 2 gb. the recycle bin is empty. ive checked the disc for erros with scandisk.

    what to do?
     
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Are you looking at the disc space through Windows Explorer?

    Try going to the command prompt then type:

    Code:
    cd \
    dir *.* /s -h
    
    That will put you at the root of your drive and eventually give you a tally of everything on there including hidden files. There might some hidden files your Select All in Windows Explorer didn't select.

    Still seems like it's using a lot if you haven't installed anything much aside from XP.

    Also does FAT32 play well around the 30 gig mark under XP? My memory is a little fuzzy since it's been a *loooong* time since I've set up Windows. You might try a reinstall with NTFS and use a flash disk to move files between the two OS's.
     
  3. jonaseriksson thread starter macrumors member

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    so guess what. i removed the partition and made a new one (smaller). however, the windows installation did not see it. it just saw one big 130gb hd. i rebooted the computer and viola, my mac partition had disappered.

    i had no way of booting from the mac os x dvds since the windows disc was stuck in the drive (not physically, but i coudlnt eject it on boot or when windows was trying to install).

    so i had to pop out my hard drive. switch to my old one. boot into os x from that and eject my windows cd. switch back to my new drive and boot from the now inserted os x dvd :) then i had to completly reformat my drive and install os x :)

    im not touching boot camp anymore today :p
     

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