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Disk space will not free up

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by unit684, Jul 3, 2011.

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  1. unit684

    unit684 Thread Starter

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    Having recently bought a new laptop, I quickly filled up the 320GB hard drive with games, music, videos etc. I decided to delete some of the games that I hardly play and I have on an external hard drive anyway.However no matter how much I delete, the free disk space barely changes. I have deleted at least 50GB worth of data so far and have 326MB of free space. I just deleted a 1.4GB folder and there was absolutely no change in the free disk space. I have restarted my computer a few times since deleting the first few items and it hasn't changed upon restart. Also, I can delete files and folders on my external hard drive from this laptop and it shows that the free space has increased as it should. Does anyone know what might be going on? I am running a virus scan at the moment and disk cleanup barely did anything either. Thanks in advance for the help.
    Edit: I right clicked all of the folders on C drive and added up their total sizes. It came to roughly 149GB which is well below the maximum capacity of 320GB (including hidden files and folders).

    System Specs:
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9000 @ 2.00GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 3071 Mb
    Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850, 512 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 305142 MB, Free - 307 MB; G: Total - 238472 MB, Free - 32660 MB;
    Motherboard: MSI, MS-1722, Ver 1.000, BSS-0123456789
    Antivirus: COMODO Antivirus, Updated and Enabled
     
  2. unit684

    unit684 Thread Starter

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    It looks like I have a program called back on track which was saving 143GB of backup data or something... in the process of uninstalling it
     
  3. saikee

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    Right click the Trash (or Recycle Bin) folder and select empty trash and you will get the space back. It is the first lesson in managing the hard disk and works in all MS Windows and Linix.
     
  4. unit684

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    yeah i tried that :) uninstalling roxio back on track cleared 143GB since it stored a load of backup data.
     
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