Windows doesn't free up space when deleting a file

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Smaniac

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Hi!

This is my first post here, there seems to be some people here who might be able to help, so I guess it's worth a try.

The problem here is: my Windows XP (with SP1) won't free up space when I delete a file. At first I thought it was a MFT problem with only one of the NTFS partitions, but not much later I found out this is affecting all my 3 partitions, 2 of them are NTFS5 and one is FAT32. So I guess Windows is the problem, it has nothing to do with hardware. I have tried lots of things: scandisk, Win Doctor, chkdisk, virus and spyware check, but they didn't report or fix anything.

If that wasn't weird enough, the free space I had lost due to the problem in one of the partitions came back after a few days. This probably happened for all of them, but I just noticed in one because the wasted space was over 1 GB. Well, the space was back but unfortunately the problem wasn't solved, so I'm still unable to delete files without losing the space.

Just to test, today I tried using the recovery console to delete a file and see what happens, and it works fine, it deletes and recovers the space, yet another proof it has nothing to do with hardware.

The rest of the file system is fine, no data loss, corruption or anything like that.

PS: please avoid messages like: "format your HD" or something like that. I know that would solve the problem but right now I have tons of files I would need to backup and tons of programs I would have to reinstall, so that would be pretty annoying.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks!
 

redoak

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If you have Norton protection in place on your Recycle Bin, you will have to right click the icon, choose "Empty Norton Protected Files", and then "Purge All." I learned this just a few weeks ago.There were Gigs of files on my HD before doing the above.
 

Smaniac

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Hmm... you are right, that solved the problem. I didn't realize this only started after I installed NSW. Everything is in order now, I already disabled the protected bin on all the partitions.

Thanks a lot!
 

redoak

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You are very welcome. This was my first helpful post, repaying for some that have helped me. "One good turn deserves another:" an old adage.
 
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