It is very common with the data storage devices that you purchase different spaced drive but the Windows explorer is showing wrong capacity. It wonders you about the remaining storage space of the drives. It is mainly due to few reasons such as explorer is showing wrong space, formatting overhead, hidden partition recovery, etc.
Let’s discuss the reasons for showing wrong capacity more precisely. You must notice difference of hard drive space if you look closely. In order to observe the difference first check the used space of C drive under the Properties option in Windows explorer and then select all the files in the C drive and press on Properties. You are able to identify the clear difference of 10-15 GB space. These spaces turn out and does not visible in Windows explorer. Such space is called “shadow spaces” which contains System Restore Files. However, it is possible to view exact space used by the shadows file. You just need to follow below mentioned steps:
- First log in your system to the admin account. Type cmd in windows search box and as Command Prompt appear on screen then right click to open as administration.
- Type vssadmin list shadowstorage in the Command Prompt to check the used shadow storage space, allocated shadow storage space and maximum shadow storage space.
Sometimes hidden partitions available which can be seen in Disk Management System due to unallocated drive. In order to use that space, you need to follow below mentioned steps:
- Open Disk Management System by typing msc in the command line. Go to Windows Search Box > Type run > Open Run > Type diskmgmt.msc > Ok
- An unallocated drive is visible in the disk management system. Right click on the partition and click on Assign a drive letter in order to be visible in windows explorer.
You can also fix the issue by formatting the hard drive easily. But it is a better option when you have proper backup of all important files. In case, you don’t have backup of files then you must have to opt for an alternate. However, with the data recovery tool, you can easily recover files from hard drive not showing full capacity within few easy steps. You can employ this software on different versions of Windows operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.