Lost in Space


J

John

I have a 300GB HD which got quite full as I was mucking about with video
files. Explorer tells me there is 6GB free. I have tried to free up some
space by deleting some unneeded files but there is no apparent increase in
reported free space. I have run Disk cleanup and Norton System works and a
virus scan to no avail.

I am running XPSP2 on a 30GB partition of this drive and also have a second
HD 120GB.

Any advice would be appreciated

Regards

John
 
Ad

Advertisements

J

Jim Macklin

See if defrag will run after you purge the Norton System
Works backups.



--
The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.
some support
http://www.usdoj.gov/olc/secondamendment2.htm



|I have a 300GB HD which got quite full as I was mucking
about with video
| files. Explorer tells me there is 6GB free. I have tried
to free up some
| space by deleting some unneeded files but there is no
apparent increase in
| reported free space. I have run Disk cleanup and Norton
System works and a
| virus scan to no avail.
|
| I am running XPSP2 on a 30GB partition of this drive and
also have a second
| HD 120GB.
|
| Any advice would be appreciated
|
| Regards
|
| John
|
|
 
R

Richard Urban [MVP]

You have to empty both the regular recycle bin ***AND*** the "Norton
Protected Recycle Bin" to reclaim the space that was used by the deleted
files.


--
Regards,

Richard Urban
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User

Quote from: George Ankner
"If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!"
 
J

John

Thanks Richard but XP said the file was too big for the recycle bin. I
think disc clean up takes care of the smaller files.

Regards

John
 
J

John

I was planning to defrag after deleting the files Jim. I did try it anyway
but apart from being mighty slow I'm not sure if there is enough free space
to perform the task.

Regards

John
 
G

Guest

Do you have System Restore turned on for that drive? What kind of limits
have you set for it's size on the drive? What is the size of the System
Volume Information directory on the drive?
 
Ad

Advertisements

J

John

Unfortunately, again to free space, I deleted all but the last system
restore points. I do not know how long ago this problem manifested itself
and I had not recently installed any new programs. Again no change in the
free space.

Regards

John
 
R

Richard Urban [MVP]

XP is talking about the XP recycle bin. Norton catches what the regular
recycle bin does not. Empty the Norton Protected Recycle Bin.

--
Regards,

Richard Urban
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User

Quote from: George Ankner
"If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!"
 
C

Clayton

John, why don't you transfer some of the bigger files to the partitioned
drive since it is large, you need at least 1GB free space to perform a
defrag
 
J

John

Richard ... You are the man!

I tried your suggestion last night and sure enough I recovered about 60GB.
Such a simple solution. Doh! Can't understand why System works did not clean
this lot out during last scan which is why I did not bother looking there
before.

Anyway, a big thank you to you for your help. Very much appreciated.

Regards

John

PS Thanks too to all other posters. I will go for the defrag now.
 
Ad

Advertisements

R

Richard Urban [MVP]

Norton Protected Recycle Bin is the chance of "last recall".

Windows XP disk cleanup does not touch it. Indeed, even a cleanup from
SystemWorks will not touch it. YOU have to make it happen. It is there for
when you screw up and delete something, empty the recycle bin - and then say
"oops"!

There was a fellow who once posted here who wanted to know if he could
recover something emptied from the Norton bin. I guess he wanted a third,
and maybe even a fourth, chance to recover from his continual screw ups. (-:

Some people just shouldn't be allowed to use computers without first passing
a test!

--
Regards,

Richard Urban
Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User

Quote from: George Ankner
"If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!"
 
Ad

Advertisements


Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Top