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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by jsmason00, Dec 12, 2001.

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  1. jsmason00

    jsmason00 Thread Starter

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    for some reason there is a file in C:\ _restore\temp that is 11GB
    My HD is only 20GB. I tried to delete the temp folder, but it tells me access is denied, file may be in use. This folder keeps gettin bigger and now even with nothing on the HD except sys folders I cant free up more than 2GB. What to do?
     
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    try running in safe mode. it probably wont be in use then.
     
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    jsmason00 Thread Starter

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    I have Win ME I didnt see anything for ME on how to delete this temp file
     
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    When you delete a file in MS dos it doesn't matter what the O/S is.

    Just follow the instructions for deleting a file in dos.
     
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    Rick, I could be mistaken, but I don't think ME will let you get to Dos as easily as 95 or 98......
     
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    How do I restart in ms-dos? I have a ms-dos promt can I do it with that?
     
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    The best way is if you have a boot up disk. Start with the start up disk. I've never tried the ms dos prompt but it should work, the problem being that it might still be used by windows.

    I would use a start up disk and then delete it that way because windows will not be in use.
     
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    There's an easier way than trying to access this file and delete it in DOS.

    Simply go to the system properties. then change to the performance tab, and click on the file system button. You can change the amount of space allowed to System restore by moving the slider to the left. I would set it to about 1 Gb if you have a 20 Gb HDD.

    This will delete files from the restore folder on the basis of oldest first. I would also reboot to make sure that the change takes effect.

    There is one other possibility. You may have a corrupt FAT which is mis-reporting the size of the file. I have had a 1 Mb file reported as 3TB (yes terabytes) on a 6 Gb HDD before, so you may need to run the system restore option to put the system back to where it was before the bad file was created.

    Alternatively, if you make a ME boot disk you could run fdisk with the /mbr switch to try to fix the FAT. Not guaranteed and make a proper backup of everything first just in case. better safe than sorry.
     
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    When I go to performance\file system, I see the system restore meter, but it is faded and wont let me move it
     
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    probably just going to sys restore
     
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