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  1. kiiat

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    i recorded 2 videos on my s2 which i guess was in hd mode because they were huge (just under 4GB each?!) and stored them on my external card. when i realized they were eating up too much space, i removed them but my card is still reading that there's only 600MB left of the 8GB storage.

    when i checked via windows explorer, i don't see any hidden files and the only thing on my card is my music which shows total storage usage of 1.67GB. there's nothing else on my card. do you know what could be happening how how i could see any other hidden files?

    i went into the control panel and changed the folder options to show all hidden files but i still don't see any erroneous files eating up my space... any tips/suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Try formatting the card?
     
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    What does windows explorer state for the properties of the drive in terms of total space and used space?

    If this is saying there is plenty of room available then you may have bought a dodgey card. Where did you buy it from? what make?
    If you bought it off ebay, then it could well be a fake. These report larger capacity to the OS than is actually available

    Download a utility called h2testw and run and see what that reports.
     
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    it says that of 7.39GB of space, 6.41GB is used and 0.97GB is free. i checked each and every file and there's a total of about 10MB of random files (mostly in cache) and there but the largest file is my music which is 1.67GB.

    i bought the card from best buy; it's a sandisk and they're pretty good.

    i'll d/l the utility you mentioned and see what's up.
     
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    me thinks i might have to do this if i cant figure it out :(
     
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    Right click the properties of every folder in turn and see what the reported space used is.
    this might give you a clue as to where your big file is
     
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    i did that for each file and it either said 0kb; a few kbs and the most was 350mb but it's a show i have in there. the biggest file is my music like i mentioned before.

    strange! should i format?
     
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    I would, just copy the files you want to keep onto your pc then format the card.
     
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    +1

    But if your curious, try downloading defraggler and running it on the card. you may see what it thinks that its acually got on there, and you will be able to check the names of all the defragmented files.

    very strange!
     

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