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I have a 3TB drive that I have been having quite a lot of problems with.
I have partitioned it into 3 gpt partitions, approximately 1TB for the first two and 841 (what's left) for the last one.
I am using mostly Windows 7, but I have ubuntu installed too.
My problem is that I have 312GB in the last partition (841) it but it's full. How could that be ? If I use the software windirstat, it says that 528GB are 'unknown', and indeed that's approximately 841-312. There are no hidden/system files. These tests were from Windows 7, but apparently ubuntu also says it's full.
I tried to ls into /media/... and in some cases it says io error.
The disk is new and its integrity seems fine (no smart errors).
Can you help me to solve this please ?
ps: the disk is actually not mine so please be precise with your questions/tests/walkthroughs so that I don't have to borrow it every time.
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 624 5009444+ ee GPT
Partition 1 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
phys=(0, 0, 1) logical=(0, 0, 2)
Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
phys=(1023, 254, 63) logical=(623, 164, 63)
In Ubuntu, did you use the parted command to list the partitions on your sdb drive? (fdisk told you to do that.)
IIRC, Windows creates a backup copy of the $mtf file at the physical end of a disk in a non-standard, hidden, partition. On a 3TB drive that would be a fairly big file, and the "standard" Windows partitioning tools would not show you that space since it's "reserved for the Windows OS. The Ubuntu tools may have shown you that space as available, but, when windows used it, it would be "gone" from your drive.
(Note that the above is speculation: I don't even know what a "GUID Patition Table" is, and haven't used Windows since XP.)
Screenshots will be more trouble than they are worth from a live boot. Use a digital camera.
Take more pictures than you think you will need, then post the ones that seem to convey the most information. Either post them here or, if you have a website, upload them and post the links here. You may need to take some practice shots to find the best settings.
I know it sounds like a lot of work, but we're game if you are. Sometimes a picture really is worth etc.
Edit: You may find the answer simply by using GParted. It's much more user friendly than fdisk.