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Is my free space lying?
Is my free space lying? –
I remember reading that hdloader rounds game sizes so the exact space is not shown, but now I am down to 15 gigs and i cannot install anymore games... Is it possible that those 15 gigs were all from the rounding? Or is there something wrong with my hard drive? Any feedback on this would be nice, and I hope this isnt in the wrong section and that this hasnt been asked too many tiems..
when it rounds, for example a dvd game that is 3.5 gigs up to 4, and a 2.5 gig game up to 3, after installing both games, it will still have only taken up 6 gigs total and it will reflect that in your "free space" bar in hdl, rather than taking 7 gigs from the rounding figures. It rounds just in the gui, but uses the actual space needed on the hdd. then there is the issue of fragmentation, that different people have different opinions of. as far as 15 gigs unusable, im not sure, is it a brand new drive, ie. never been used in a pc before? I know in pc's, if there are bad sectors detected that cannot be fixed, it will block those out as being unusable so you don't accidentally store something there. (like scandisk) just an idea though. winhiip I believe shows you any level of "fragmentation" if you plug it in, might wanna check that out.
It was in my computer before i put it in my ps2... I formatted it before taking it out and then i just let hdloader do its stuff.. Last night i went to a compatibility list that shows the exact sizes of games, and i added up everything that I have.. It was around 55 gigs, and my hard drive is 72 gigs... Hmm...
On a PC two different levels of formatting exist, with a third partitioning level between.
So the basic order of things done to completely re-init a disk (for use on a PC) is this:
1: Low-level formatting. Creates the raw sector data blocks, ID marks, and gaps.
2: Partitioning. Splits the disk up into different areas, each used as a logical drive.
3: Formatting. Fills a partition with the basic info needed to use it as a file system.
So the 'formatting' mentioned in the third step above is in fact not 'formatting' at all,
as far as the hard disk itself is concerned. If there are any damaged sector IDs or
badly dimensioned gaps (safety distances between sectors and ID marks), then those
will not be affected at all by such formatting.
HDLoader formatting, on the other hand, always means 'Low-level Formatting', and
the creation of partitions is done in a different manner from a PC, automatically as
you install games with HDLoader (or compatible tools).
If you only formatted your HDD before taking it out of the PC, but not after placing it
in the PS2, then I'm surprised that it works at all, but not at all surprised that some of
the space is missing (or hidden, rather). Most likely that space is hidden because
of PC-style partitioning data that remains on the disk.
If you did format your HDD using HDLoader then all should be well, really, but possibly
some space has been lost in failed attempts to install some games. And if that never
happened to you, then I'm all out of guesses...
Best regards: dlanor
Delete failed game install partitions with hdd explorer.
I think you pretty much have to format the hard drive using hdloader... So yeah.. I did that.. Hmm..
Other reason for lost free space is FRAGMENTATION.
HD Loader hates fragmented space and doesn't utilize it.
You can use Sony HDD Utility Disc v1.10 to defrag your drive via PS2 or install games using WinHIIP from now on which tries its best to reclaim all of the space when you delete a installed game.