We run 12 Dell Optiplex 755 desktop computers. All of them have the exact same hardware and softawre, configured exactly the same. As such, they are all:
- running Windows XP
- on the same network
- denied access to the internet
- running with Windows updates up to as recently as November 2011
- running with virus definitions up to as recently as November 2011
One computer today reported that it was running low on disk space - indeed it reported that it had less than 6GB remaining of an 80GB drive. All of the other computers are sitting in the realm of 64 GB free on their hard drives.
I ran a check through the file system and could only account for maybe 6-7 GB on the file system, so I ran WinDirStat and it reported that there was a 50 GB block of data labled as "Unknown".
I did my research and did the following things:
- Ran WinDirStat as an administrator, so the app had access to everything
- I checked System Restore - It is configured to only use up to 9GB for it's restore points.
- The Volume Shadow Copy service is not running, and is set to be manually run.
- Chkdsk completed with no errors.
The only difference between this computer and the rest in production is that this machine was recently one of two that were deployed (several months ago) to replace a couple that failed for unrelated reasons. The other computer has not exhibited any symptoms.
We cannot figure out what this massive inaccessible block of hard drive space is, and we would like it back. Any help would be greatly appreciated.