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Old 02-11-2010, 02:12 PM   #1
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i have had a continuos problem with my windows. everytime i delete a file it dissapears but the hard drive space does not free up. The folder is in my documents. before you say to empty recycle bin i already looked and the files never ended up in there. Ive set up windows to show me all hidden files and am at a loss for a solution. i dont have my windows disk anymore so i cant reinstall so if i cant get this space free i wont ever have any HDD space. Please help. normally when i get this problem i just delete the user account and the files go with it but even that isnt working anymore.

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can you seriously tell me that no one has any idea whats happening to my computer. not having space is killing me

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Aparently no one has answer yet.

Just how full is the HD?

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have you emptied the recycle bin
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have you emptied the recycle bin
did you even read my post. im not a retard. they never went to the recycle bin. i have it set to not accpet files and permentaly delete. i am an experienced user.
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about 224 .avi files about 180 mb a piece.
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Try Space Sniffer http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/fil...scription.html
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:54 AM   #9
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You can make space by running the diskcleanup utility.
Once in it go to more options
Then remove all but the most recent restore point.

Report back and see how much space that saves you.
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did you even read my post. im not a retard......
I am sure dia just overlook your comment is all. It does happen when we get hundreds of posters a day, looking for free help, such as you!

Did you read my post, I asked how full is your drive was?

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about 224 .avi files about 180 mb a piece
That tell us nothing. Suggest that you adjust your "attitude" here.

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I'm wondering of the C:\recycler file might be corrupted. I don't know the commands to repair it but running sfc /scannow might do it. As a temporary measure, FileAssassin might get rid of the unwanted files.

My mate once had a problem like this. It turned out it was caused by a file shredding program which hadn't uninstalled properly and was interfering with deletions. He found the remedy on the internet and it involved re installing the program then uninstalling it again using Revo.
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-_-u thanks for the warning geek. how what i said was rude is beyond me. i simply asked a question. ive gone to 3 other forums and i keep getting the same answer. have you checked the recycle bin.... seriously i understand that some people that dont know anything about computers would not think about that but like i said im not as inexperienced as that. defraging will not help. --->"The idea behind the disk defragmenter is to move all the files around so that every file is stored on sequential sectors on sequential rings of the disk. In addition, a good defragmenter may also try to optimize things even more, for example by placing all applications "close" to the operating system on the disk to minimize movement when an application loads."
how thats going to help i dont know maybe you could explain for me? send pm. @crucial this post is not about clearing up space its about deleted files still staying on hdd after deletion. disk cleanup will not help me.
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Have you run Space Sniffer? . .

Defraging will often free up space that appears to be used, but is not.
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@diefordethklok, Just a thought if you haven't tried it. Your disk may be full of restore point, therefore you cannot see the files that are taking up space. Restore points take up gigabytes of space.
If you use diskcleanup to delete all but the last one you may free those gigabytes of space that are seemingly used by files that won't delete.



If you keep up your attitude you won't get any help from anyone here.
No one is perfect and they can't read your mind on your skill level with computers. Half the people that are new to this forum don't know a right click from a left click.

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