Empty External Hard drive has 6GB of used disk space on a fresh partition after reformatting. WinDirStat and WizTreeWizTree Image link both show it as unknown.

I have system restore turned off. What could this be? How can I remove it.

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  • Can you provide us with a screenshot? – Orphans Sep 7 '16 at 12:43
  • and, what does "Disk management" show? – Orphans Sep 7 '16 at 12:44
  • Disk management also shows 6GB in use – anireddy Sep 7 '16 at 12:45
  • As a separate partition? – Orphans Sep 7 '16 at 12:54
  • Not able to attach 3rd link for disk management but its just one partition for the whole drive of which 6GB shows up as used space. – anireddy Sep 7 '16 at 12:58

I do not have any idea of why this was happening but I am able to resolve it via a workaround. After I saw that unknown space was proportional to partition size, I deleted all the partitions and created a new one with only 5GB and rest unallocated. The unknown space was again proportional but this time very low. Then I extended this small partition by adding all the remaining unallocated space. Here are the new screenshots from WinDirStat and WizTree. Would be great to see if anyone has a clue of what could be going on. But atleast now I do not have 6GB worth of unknown. Thanks

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