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    So I recently downloaded some files and now my SSD has run out of space. The thing is I KNOW that even though a file says it is 500mb it is actually much much less than that. It's almost as if the metadata from the file is wrong and so saying that the file is bigger than it is.

    Anyone know what is happening here?
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    If the file is reporting 500mb to you, it reports 500mb to your hard disk, whether it occupies all that space or not.
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    You'll need to provide some more information such as what kind of files these are, how the files were created, why you are using an SSD for scratch files in the first place, etc.
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    (Original post by marcusfox)
    If the file is reporting 500mb to you, it reports 500mb to your hard disk, whether it occupies all that space or not.
    This. OP - How do you know it's a lot less than 500MB, anyway? Have you counted all of them?
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    (Original post by Pony Jack)
    This. OP - How do you know it's a lot less than 500MB, anyway? Have you counted all of them?
    Because I know that the download was nowhere near complete. As soon as I started downloading it the file>>properties said that it was as big as it should be.
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    (Original post by beepbeeprichie)
    Because I know that the download was nowhere near complete. As soon as I started downloading it the file>>properties said that it was as big as it should be.
    Yes but how big did it say it was after it finished downloading.
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    (Original post by beepbeeprichie)
    Because I know that the download was nowhere near complete. As soon as I started downloading it the file>>properties said that it was as big as it should be.
    Depending on the method of download, if its an incomplete file, the space may have been reserved for the rest of it.
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    if its an incomplete file then is it not simple just a corrupt file (i.e. file size)...that happens to be working?
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    Download programs, and notably those that use the BitTorrent protocol, will reserve space for a download before filling the file with data. This is so that the download does not get interrupted or the file fragmented. So the metadata for the file isn't "wrong" as such, it's just reporting itself differently in order to avoid further problems down the line.
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    (Original post by Dez)
    Download programs, and notably those that use the BitTorrent protocol, will reserve space for a download before filling the file with data. This is so that the download does not get interrupted or the file fragmented. So the metadata for the file isn't "wrong" as such, it's just reporting itself differently in order to avoid further problems down the line.
    V. helpful, thank you.

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