How To Find Out Your Hard Drive Capacity

The hard drive capacity of a computer may be checked out by its user in order to estimate the capacity of files that will be saved in it. The hard drive is considered a storage device that promptly records data on turning metal platters. The hard drive is the most hardworking component of any computer. It is important that we know its capacity because every time we upload something in our drive C, the hard disk gets additional content.

Every year the manufacturers of computers give larger storage capacities to the drive Cs of their products. There are certain parameters that control the hard drives of a computer. Another factor in determining the size of the hard drive is how the makers rate their products. Some manufacturers of hard drives think that one megabyte is one million bytes. Some other manufacturers believe that it is equivalent to 1,024 bytes squared.

It is always a good practice to know the capacity of your hard drive. You will want to check how much space you could utilize so you could delete some files that are not important. To check your hard drive, there are several options to do it:

  1. On the left lower corner of the taskbar, click on the start button.
  2. A menu pops up, choose My Computer; a window will open.
  3. Click once on Local Disk C. At the blue bar bottom on the lower left side of the screen, you will see the size of the hard drive and the unused space or free space.

Through this procedure, you will know much about the hard drive of your computer. You will know the disk space, number of files, indexes, bad sectors, system files used, log files, and free space.

Another simple way of finding out the hard drive capacity is to use the DOS command. The new versions of Windows OS do not have DOS command but they have the DOS-like way.

  1. At the lower left side of the screen, click on Start.
  2. It opens several menus, click on Run.
  3. The Run box opens a line
  4. Type chkdsk, and press Enter.
  5. In about 5 minutes, information and answers to problems are known.
  6. f you want to save the info you can start by clicking on the c:\ and copy the items.

The CHKDSK command must be used to display certain important characteristics of the hard disk. This manner of capacity checking analyzes the directory of the specified drive. It reports any errors that it finds. It displays information about how the hard drive capacity is being utilized. Information about bad sectors is also reported. The CHKDSK command displays a report on the amount of memory available in your system.

Once you have learned how to find the capacity of your hard drive, you need not worry about deleting some files or “overflowing” files because you can control how many files your hard drive will contain. A hard drive with a very small memory capacity cannot accommodate big files. If you have important files, which could not be deleted because of their importance, you need to have your hard drive upgraded. Upgrading to a higher capacity will not cost you so much. What is important is the existence of your file.


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