Solved: files deleted, but no chg to available disk space

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davephil

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winxp sp3, p4, 2gb. this is a first for me. about 3 weeks ago, I d/l 3 m/s office installer files that I thought I might use. they total around 3.5gb in size. Today, while in m/s explorer, I highlighted all 3, and deleted. got a 'not responding', had to end task. went back in, and 2 files were still there. needed to delete them one at a time (at no time did I get a msg about file too large for recycle bin). I then went into recycle bin to permanently delete, and none of the files were there; also I noticed that the disk space avail. on this drive was the same. avail. space should have increased by 3.5 gb, but it didn't.
I went into my backup, and moved 1 of the installer files (.8gb) back into the same drive then deleted that. the file did go into the recycle bin, which I emptied. Again-no change to avail. disk space. avail space changes when I delete other files, why not these?? obviously the files are still on disk, somewhere; any ideas?? I tried ccleaner, and re-starting pc; no change. thanks.
 

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update: seems that only executable files do this. I tried another .exe file from another drive, around 300gb, when moved to this drive avail space decreased 300mb, when I deleted it, avail. space stayed the same. my other drives don't have this problem.
 

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well, it took about 20 minutes, but it seems all is well. The drive now reports correctly, and the avail. disk space has been increased consistent with the files deleted. I have NO idea as to why this is taking so long, but I guess I can mark this as solved. I will run diag. on the drive, see if that points to something.
 
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