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    XP Pro Hard Drive problem (SP2)

    Help Please. I have a SATA 250 WD Hard Drive. It has two folders on lt. 1 for my ADOBE Pictures and the other for ISO images of some of my backup DVD's. My problem is that even deleting some of my large files and some 4.7 Gig ISO images, the Hard Drive does not change in size. I re-booted and I used Norton. Then I defragmented the folder. This is the second time this happens.. Can anyone tell me why? or is the Hard Drive going. Thanks for any help.

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    Re: XP Pro Hard Drive problem (SP2)

    A little more information would be helpful. I assume that you are referring to the Free Space on the drive and not the actual size of the drive, which will not change. Open My Computer and right click on the drive letter and choose Properties. Then copy and post that information here. A screenshot of the Properties window would be even better. (Hold down the Alt key and hit the Print Scrn key and then open Paint an paste the image there. Save it to to your desktop and then post it here).
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    Re: XP Pro Hard Drive problem (SP2)

    For the "o where and o where has my disk free space gone?" problems I always recommend downloading the evaluation version of TreeSize Pro (see the box at the top right-hand side).

    When you've installed and run this you can sort folders by descending total size, and drill down to find what is using up the hard disk space.

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    Re: XP Pro Hard Drive problem (SP2)

    here are my screen shots using TreeSize Pro.

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    Re: XP Pro Hard Drive problem (SP2)

    You don't appear to be getting enough information displayed!

    Go into Windows Explorer -> Tools -> Folder Options -> View and see whether what you've got matches my screenshot.

    You need to change the first "red box", and possibly the second.

    Having done this, you ought to be able to work it out from what Treesize shows you!

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    Re: XP Pro Hard Drive problem (SP2)

    When I get home this afternoon from work I will do that. Thank you so much for trying to help. I really appreciate it.

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    Re: XP Pro Hard Drive problem (SP2)

    I know this may sound dumb but have you emptied the recycle bin? if not then the files are still there.

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    Re: XP Pro Hard Drive problem (SP2)

    I'm confused by the description: Are these folders or partitions?

    I would be cautious about absolute sizes rather than percentages. If left to its default, System Volume Information, which is for restore points, consumes a very large amount of disk memory, and you indicate that you are also saving backup images. I'd like to know myself what the experts do about restore points when they are using an imaging program. Your browser cache may also be large by default.

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    Re: XP Pro Hard Drive problem (SP2)

    While viewing disk properties, check disk cleanup and see that offers any helpful information.

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    Re: XP Pro Hard Drive problem (SP2)

    Thank you all for the support. I have not had a chance to get back to you guys. I finally fixed it. Wow! the most simplest thing. You see I have Norton Antivirus and it was keeping all my deleted files as backups. So I never knew to erase or purge the recycle for Norton. After that, my space all came back. Thanks again for all trying to help. Thanks

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    Re: XP Pro Hard Drive problem (SP2)

    Are you saying that you did NOT know about the "Protected" Recycle Bin?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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