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    Free space (Win XP)

    When I do housekeeping (delete Recycle Bin, Ccleaner, Cache, History, Temp Files, Cookies and even remove some programs) the Free Space decreases (ie 51.8 to 51.7). I had assumed that the Free Space would increase (51.8 to, say, 51.9 or 52). Am I touched with dyslexia?

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    Re: Free Space

    Do any of these actions set one or more Restore Points (which require additional disk space)? (Otherwise you might have dyscalculia...!)
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    Re: Free Space

    I will monitor Restore Points when next performing those actions.

    Thank you for the suggestion.

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    Re: Free Space

    In addition, I'd be sure you take your measurement from the same place, such as inside Windows Explorer at the top level folder, AND use a more "precise" number like 12,345,678,901 bytes to do the math.

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    Re: Free Space

    You might also try doing a defrag as a final chore of your housekeeping.
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    Re: Free Space

    Thanks, Doc.

    Had already done that....

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    Re: Free Space

    Not sure about the order of your list but, "Empty" the recycle Bin last, because all of those deletions are there. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Free Space

    Thanks for replying, Dave.

    Yup, I know to empty the Recycle Bin last. The order of my list was haphazard.

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    Re: Free Space

    And you know (I hope) that you've got me on "pins and needles" waiting to hear from you the next time you do the research to see if you find the answer. I wonder now if BATcher may be onto something concerning the restore points. One thing seems for certain - that your available space shouldn't decrease when you remove a lot of stuff from a drive. Keep us posted please, Acer...

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    Re: Free Space

    Afternoon, Big Al -

    Certainly don’t want to keep you on “needles and pins” (dyslexia kicking in???). I shall keep the Lounge posted on the restore points situation.

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    Re: Free Space

    Just an idea....

    Are you using Norton Anti-Virus as you can also try emptying protected files. Obviously this is a guess but it is worth checking you AV isn't hogging deleted files. Try this in addition to BATcher's idea
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    Re: Free Space

    Big Al, BATcher, all:

    Ran Ccleaner. On Windows tab, Analyze reported that “44.8MB to be removed” Sounded promising. Ran it, rebooted. No change in Free Space nor Restore point.

    I did gain some space by deleting two big files, and that change was reflected in Free Space.

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    Re: Free Space

    Thanks for the post, Jerry.

    I use AVG 8 (Free).

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    Re: Free Space

    <hr>...Ran it, rebooted. No change in Free Space... <hr>
    I hate to be a nit picker, Acer, but as reported by what - CCleaner? This is what I was after when I made the suggestion above. Take your free space measurement from Windows Explorer's drive properties BEFORE you do any work. Then take it again from the same place AFTER you run whatever it is that you're running. Sometimes I think that some programs greatly "abuse" their "byte counts" and we users have no notion of what the number actually is. I guess my point is that either CCleaner is "lying" or it's not doing a very good job of calculating your drive's free space because 44.8 MB is a pretty sizable number.

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    Re: Free Space

    Hi - Big Al

    (And we come here for the nit...picks.)

    Yes, I had taken the measurements before running Ccleaner and after I ran it...And yes, was surprised by no apparent changes because of the removal of the 44.8MB.

    I left the office for a while, turned off the computer. Came back, rebooted and the gain in free space I wrote about after deleting the 2 big files now "gone" - back to what was being reported prior to deleting those 2 files.

    Am thinking of manually creating a restore point - perhaps this will somehow nudge some wayward setting?

    Thanks for continuing your input.

    Acer

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