So this is what i first thought to be the same old problem with windows device manager telling me the disk has 60gb free, and windows telling me its full... or so I thought. Lets start at the begging of this story... First I had been running dc++ and downloading stuff to my external hd, and one day, i notice it telling me that there is no space left on the disc. I check device manager, and it says that i have something like 5 gb left. So, I think its probably just a bunch of fragmented files sapping the remainder of the space. But, I was too lazy to defrag it at the time, since the drive is 200gb and over usb interface and was probably gonna take all night had i actually tried. So i change the download folder to my local hd, and run things that way for a while.
So, in about a week, I discover that my local hd has also been filled... time to take out the cyber-trash as it were (yes, device manager still said i had space left, but it was only like 5%, so i didn't think there was a problem). However, upon opening up about another 15% of my internal hd, i discovered that windows still told me my drive was full.
So I lurked around the intarweb and found the whole defrag then disk check method. Did that on my internal - worked fine. Did the same thing to my external, nada. I have 60 gb free, according to device manager, and can't upload an 8gb file onto it. I can, however, upload a 5.5 gb folder, but cannot upload a 6 gb file. I tried to put the file in a folder to check if my roommate put paint thinner in my water, but apparently i was not retarded.
What have i done so far to try to fix this shiz:
defragged the problem drive,
rebooted and ran disk check,
tried freeing up more space,
currently working on compressing my file.
The really odd thing is that i tried to copy a 10 gb file already on that drive to a different location on that drive, and it said it was fine and would take about 20 min...
If it matters, im running win xp, fully updated, on a dell D630 laptop, with the 2ghz c2d 4mb l2 cache cpu, 2 gb ram, 80 gb internal hd, 200 gb external (the problem child... maybe i dropped it on its head and now its special?)(does it like tater tots too?)...
I will continue to lurk, but maybe someone here can save me some time and trouble...?