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09-May-2008, 02:03 AM #1
Angry Solved: Disk space remains the same even after deleting files
I have win xp 32bit machine.
I've been having this weird problem for a very long time:

Say i have 5GB of "free space: on drive E.
I delete 3GB of files.using shift+delete (Note: to be specific, I mainly have video files and pdf files on this drive)
So you'd expect to find 8GB of free space on drive E.
however still I've got 5GB of free space on E !!!
(note: I just use righ click>properties to see how much free space i have)
I run Disk Cleanup, delete everything that it offers to delete (bunch of crap and temp files)
and STILL I'm not getting that extra 3GB that I deleted!

I noticed that on my drives there is this folder:
where "sometimes" my deleted files show up in there and after deleting them from here using shift+delete the 3 GB that I was expecting to be freed will become free and available. but this is not always the case.
Alot of times those 3GB worth of files dont even show up in this folder, and i know that i've deleted them already
So why is the space not becoming availabe yet. What is wrong with my sys. and how can i fix it?
Thank you all in advance

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09-May-2008, 03:06 AM #2
Hello Vince and welcome to TSG

Could you try downloading Spacemonger and see whats actually hogging your disk space.
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09-May-2008, 05:13 AM #3
Hello system restore can eat up 12% of your drive

Try reducing to 5% and clearing out all backups

Make a new restore point and then using disc clean up

more options tab

delete them
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09-May-2008, 08:40 AM #4
Norton has a setting to disable RECYCLER\NPROTECT . I never use it as it saves everything even though you delete it from the recycle bin . That is until you go to NPROTECT and delete it . Also when you delete a file or anything at all it is not really deleted . It is saved in your System Restore just in case you need it as a restore point . What I do , as long as my PC is running smooth is to turn off system restore every couple of days , reboot and then turn it back on and make a new restore point . I also use a small program , ATF Cleaner by Atribune , to empty all my unwanted temp files . You would be suprised at the ammount of space you get back on your hard drive.
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