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#1 Sarcasm

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 04:40 PM

My STEP install for Skyrim is showing up with an unbelievably large file size on my SSD. As you can see in this screenshot, the total size of the drive is 931GB but the file size of my Skyrim folder is being reported as an outrageous 28TB. Is this because of Mod Organizer's virtual drive and MO profiles? I don't have enough profiles for the folder to be multiplied to even a fraction of this size. Is this normal?


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#2 Greg

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 06:44 PM

No, this should not be normal and it's just as troubling that Properties thinks there are 33 million files in almost 3 million folders. You might reboot and see if you can reproduce this. If you can, I suggest running chkdsk on that drive to see if something's corrupted.



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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:12 PM

I ran into a similar issue on my system with a drive that was showing full, but there was not a lot stored there. I realized that this was my Windows file history drive. I want into the backup settings and changed the "Keep my backups" from forever to a lower setting. I also removed some folders while I was in there and ended up deleting a lot of really old files. It may be worth a look to see if this is happening to you.



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 12:27 PM

This is 100% reproducible, every time restart or not. Just takes a good 15min to finally add everything up to 28TB. I thought this to be a Skyrim/MO issue since every other game folder in my steamapps/common is reporting the correct file size. However, my steamapps/common folder itself it reporting as only 75.5GB which is a lie. Skyrim alone is more than that, and there are several other apps installed that total well over 75.5GB. It should be at 600GB+.

 

I errorchecked the drive in Properties/Tools and it found no problems. I'm not familiar with Windows file history, actually I've never heard of it. I've searched my system and it doesn't seem to have it set up at all, it looks like this is a tool for backing up a drive's contents via a connected external hard drive, which I do not have. I haven't reformatted in over a year now, so it looks like the time has come to light the purging fire.


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 05:26 PM

I have never seen anything like that.
Maybe some circular symlinks or mounts.
Maybe look at treesize to find the source of the issue.

Could also be corruption in the drive's firmware which is really bad. If that is the case stop using it, the data on the drive may have some latent corruption.
The key would be what the drive is reporting that it can hold rather than windows estimation of how much data is present.

Again, I have never seen the issue on my side. Although, there are some situations that I can see leading into that observation.

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 05:52 PM

It's some weird stuff going on in the Skyrim and Steam folders. 

 

Here is a screenshot of steamapps/common with all installed games shown. It's reporting as only 75.7GB which is obviously wrong. TWW2 and Vermintide2 are almost 60GB each, and both Skyrim installs are over 100GB each. Every game in the folder reports its correct file size except for the two Skyrim installs. The first Skyrim install is a 2.2.10 STEP game, the other is an older 2.2.9.2 install that I keep around due to it having old mods no longer available like final version of Wyrmstooth. 

 

Here is the base folder for the 2.2.9.2 install reporting at only 33GB, which is probably lower than a standard full STEP install.

 

Inside that Skyrim's Mod Organizer folder, here is the mods folder reporting at only 17.7GB.

 

Inside the mods folder itself, if I do a Ctrl+A to select all mod folders, they report correctly at 122GB.

 

Seems like it's a problem with the drive reading my Skyrim folders, which in turn is messing its ability to read the full Steam folder size. But I don't know much about this stuff myself. How would I check for firmware corruption?


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 05:59 PM

Question: did you happen to launch windows explorer through MO or launch an application which eventually launches windows file explorer?

Checking what the drive reports, I have no idea, its not something I have ever done. Maybe something like a SMART report on the drive?

I've actually seen something kind of similar this on MacOS, but their file systems are a bit different an are more prone to discrepancies. 



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Posted 10 November 2018 - 06:30 PM

Not that I know of, I right click on a folder and click Properties. What gets to me is that it only happens with Skyrim.


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