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Ghost Junk (aka A harddisk's poor bookkeeping)

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kyran64, Jul 18, 2006.

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  1. kyran64

    kyran64 Thread Starter

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    Windows recently told me I had less than 200mb free on its partition and it kindly requested that I make more room for it. So I went through my C: partition and cleared out a few hundred megs of stuff. So it went from reporting 194mb to 600ish. Nifty.

    Nero informed me that it needed 800mb of free space on it's caching partition before it could burn a data disc for me. So I went sifting and found a folder with 2gigs of rarred stuff that'd been sitting around since last time I backed up all of my important files..moved it to another partition.

    ..Going to My Computer and right-clicking properties for the C: still only reports about 600mb free on my 15gb partition. Checking the properties for each indivdual folder, it only adds up to less than 3 gigs. Where's the other 12?

    I keep everything fully updated, usually.
    I've run Xoftspy to check for spyware, found relatively little.
    I've run full scan with Norton and found nothing.

    Any ideas?
     
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  3. JohnWill

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    First off, try doing this:

    CHKDSK C: /F

    It will ask you to reboot to run it, and it'll run after the reboot. See if that finds those missing clusters.
     
  4. kyran64

    kyran64 Thread Starter

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    Ok, I ran checkdisk and everything evidently checks out. Wherever my lost storage space has gone to, it's not in missing clusters.

    I've downloaded and run Space Monger (NICE program btw, THANK YOU). There's a file named pagefile.sys that takes up nearly 2 gigs. After doing a bit of research, I find that it's a configurable temp file used for swapping data in and out of physical memory. Since I have 1.5GB of RAM, the size of the file makes sense.

    There was also a hidden system folder named RecoveryBin. Evidently, a trial version of an undelete program I downloaded a while back put on my harddrive and has backed up EVERYTHING I've deleted since into that folder. I've since uninstalled it and deleted that folder, which puts me up to a free 8.6Gb of my 14.6 partition.

    Things still aren't quite adding up. When all is said and done, there's still a Gig floating around somewhere that's unaccounted for. Is it possible that missing gig is just due to the way it's calculated? (I know a Kb is actually 1024 bytes and I understand why..I just don't know how that goes on to work with megs and gigs).
     
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