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Solved: *bigtime* Incorrect File Size In Win Xp

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by SteelTizzy2k, Feb 20, 2005.

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  1. SteelTizzy2k

    SteelTizzy2k Thread Starter

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    I've got a bit of a problem - Windows XP is making a HUGE mistake in reporting harddrive space. My primary harddrive is FINE ( C: ) but my secondary harddrive ( G: ) is very wrong. It has an 80Gig capcity (76.33gig really) with only about 5gigs used. Yet XP is saying I only have 39.2gigs left!!! Here's what may be the problem, albeit I do not know how to solve it...I repeatedly have had very large .ISO files (<400MB) on this drive, so when i'm done with the file(s) I then delete them. OBVIOUSLY they are out of the recycling bin, and I've run chkdsk as well as norton disk doctor, to no avail. Another thing: during the analysis provided by disk defragmenter, this drive ( G: ) is seriously segmented even after defraging. Here's what I mean:

    ||||___|||||||____||||||____|||||||||||__||||||||||||||||||||____________________


    where the "|" represents the blue fields, or contiguous files. The space inbetween the blue fields is "free space". It still reports 51% free space, and the analysis leads me to believe that maybe these extremely large .ISO files haven't fully been deleted?? I HAVE deleted them via recycling bin, so they shouldn't be giving me this problem. Or maybe it's something else?? I really am lost, so someone PLEASE give me some advice. THANKS!!

    - TINO
     
  2. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Hiya and welcome

    Have you cleared your Temp folders:

    Go to Windows Explorer, and locate these:

    C:\Documents and Settings\your name\Local Settings\Temp

    Also, look under

    C:\WINDOWS\Temp

    And delete all you find there, and then empty the recycle bins.

    Regards

    eddie
     
  3. JohnO28356

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    One program that comes to mind that will show you the used space on your drive and what's occupying it is "Easy Cleaner". Find it on Google.
     
  4. RAM-PAGE

    RAM-PAGE Banned

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    Are these drives formatted to FAT32 or NTFS?
     
  5. Bob Cerelli

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    You mentioned Norton. Do you have the Norton Recycle Bin with files in it?
     
  6. SteelTizzy2k

    SteelTizzy2k Thread Starter

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    Thanks, but I got it the other day when I *DUH* checked the NORTON protected recycle bin - since it's protected to allow you to recover the files, they're obviously still kept on the harddrive - AND TAKING UP SPACE hahaha, thanks anyways for taking the time to respond!
     
  7. Bob Cerelli

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    Glad I guessed right and that you had already solved it.
     
  8. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Glad to hear its working again :)

    eddie
     
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