[v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser?

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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby Joel » Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:32 am

yeah, sounds like it.
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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby drpepsi » Sun Jul 18, 2010 11:23 pm

I'm having the same problem too except this topic is unhelpful in locating the files. What do I need to look for? If it says there was an error in C:/windows/mike/sample then I should look there for the files to delete?
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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby Joel » Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:04 pm

It depends on what you are looking for. In the case of v6, it'll be the case of having very little space on your drive you did the erase, less than 1GB. The task log's last entry, if it reads something to the effect of a file or folder could not be deleted due to a permissions error or having access denied, you should look for that file. Otherwise, it's most likely a cluster tip informative message and can be ignored. The folder is always in the root directory of the drive being erased.
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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby Reignwood » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:25 am

Tried following your suggestions, but without success. Is there a program to correct this reduced free space problem? This is a huge waste of my VALUABLE time.
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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby DavidHB » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:12 am

I know of no other free program that does what Eraser does as thoroughly as it does it.

I'd need to know what you did and precisely what then happened before advising further. Normally the recovery of free space, though admittedly an irritation, is a moment's work.

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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby cga1974 » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:00 pm

Okay, so I have experienced the problems described here and am familiar with deleting the randomly named folders etc in that case. However, I have a situation now where after running Eraser, I lost all my free space AND THOSE FOLDERS DO NOT EXIST. I have approximately 15GB in files on my disk, but chkdsk reports 37GB used. I've read no solution for this issue.

I was using Eraser 6.06
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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby cga1974 » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:28 pm

cga1974 wrote:Okay, so I have experienced the problems described here and am familiar with deleting the randomly named folders etc in that case. However, I have a situation now where after running Eraser, I lost all my free space AND THOSE FOLDERS DO NOT EXIST. I have approximately 15GB in files on my disk, but chkdsk reports 37GB used. I've read no solution for this issue.

I was using Eraser 6.06


Correcting errors in the master file table's (MFT) BITMAP attribute.
CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the volume bitmap.
Windows found problems with the file system.
Run CHKDSK with the /F (fix) option to correct these.

39070048 KB total disk space.
31535752 KB in 91189 files.
27832 KB in 5227 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
203884 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
7302580 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
9767512 total allocation units on disk.
1825645 allocation units available on disk.

However, chkdsk /f will not repair the problem.
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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby Joel » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:05 pm

How are you determining that you have 15GB of files on your computer? Selecting all files in the root of your drive and selecting properties is not accurate (most notably, the size and file count of the Windows folder will be underreported.) According to chkdsk, you should have 7+GB free at the moment.

Alternatively, you may like to clear all System Restore checkpoints. That sometimes balloons after a free space erase (though it's more commonly observed to shrink).
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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby cga1974 » Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:59 am

Well, how about that I had 15GB full before I ran Eraser? Eraser caused this problem. I'm not gonna bitch since it was free, but I sure wish I hadn't used it now.
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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby Joel » Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:03 am

You can try to use a disk space analyser to see where the space has gone to. please report the findings, if any. if your disk had errors before, check that no lost files were recovered and if so check the space they consume.
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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby Joel » Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:00 pm

http://bbs.heidi.ie/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6479&start=0. Perhaps it could be in the recycle bin.
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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby Drew » Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:12 pm

Had the same problem - tiny free space left - but deleting the rubbish files as suggested in Joel's post of Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:37 am worked just fine. Thanks, Joel. Amazing project!
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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby JBunt » Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:15 am

Same problem here. For me eraser seems to have eaten about 50 of my 150 gb drive. I uninstalled eraser before finding this FAQ so I can't look at any logs unfortunatly and there are no randomly generated files in C: that I can see.
This is a Windows7 machine if that matters.

Do the files have som special suffix that I can search for or anything else that can help med find them? Right now I'm down to 200mb, which is bad.
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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby DavidHB » Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:14 pm

Please post queries like this in the support forum; there's a better chance we'll see them there.

The files, and the folder(s) in which they reside are randomly named, and don't have an extension. They are recognisable precisely because the names are complete gobbledygook; almost everything else has some sort of structure, however arcane. Typically you should find a single randomly named folder in the root of the drive in question, and this will contain the files, similarly named. Delete all this, and you will have your space back.

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Re: [v6] Why do I have reduced Free Space After Using Eraser

Postby Dan400Man » Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:07 pm

First time poster to this forum after discovering Eraser from DBAN.

Comment to the developers, to whom I am extremely grateful for this utility:

Regarding the use of a randomly-named folder and files used to "wipe" the free space. To the average, non-geek user who wants to do the right thing and remove sensitive data from free space, I believe it is a bit much to ask them to look for a folder named with random characters in the root directory. What if there is a seemingly randomly-named folder that has important information that should not be deleted? I have seen this before, although not in root folders. Also, some average, non-geek users probably won't know what the root folder is, so it might be helpful to explain that as well.

My suggested improvement to the randomly-named folder:
1) Allow the user to name the folder to be created
2) Whether or not you implement 1), show the folder name to the user from beginning to end.
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