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Space won't free up after file delete


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shepard

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My son tried to convert a DVD and when finished had an 8GB file left on the hard drive which he does not need. He deleted it, not just into the recycle bin, but permanently. However, the 8GB on the hard drive does not show up as being free. The file is not in the original location any more, and not in the recycle bin. Why doesn't XP see the space it previously occupied as now free?

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windows could be misreporting the size, so let's try that first.

start > run, type
cmd
<enter>

in the blackbox, type
chkdsk /r
say yes to check on reboot

reboot.

Take a walk

If it is still missing, download spacemonger from here:

http://www.werkema.c...pacemonger.html

and post a screen shot
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Sorry - I may not have been clear in the original post. We want it "missing". We deleted the file, but XP does not show the space the file occupied as free. It was an 8GB file. Deleted it, but the 8GB was not made free space.
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i know.

Please try what I suggested
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Ok - Thanks. I did figure it out. That computer has the Norton Protected Recycle bin, and even though he had chosen not to send it to the recycle bin, I found it protected. Purged it and now the space is recovered.

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