Topic: C Drive Full
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Old November 13th, 2007, 10:02 PM
pip22 pip22 is offline
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Just to make it clear Musical Lizzie, provided you empty the Recycle Bin, Windows marks the space that was occupied by those files as 'empty and available for new files to occupy'. So although the files in reality still exist when they've been removed from the Recycle Bin, Windows regards them as 'gone' and will report the available free space on that basis.

Setting XP to "permanently remove" files after 'X' number of days is the same as manually emptying the Recycle Bin, and what happens then is as I've explained above.

So, whatever is taking up the space on your 'C' drive has nothing to do with what's been 'fully' deleted (ie does not exist in the Recycle Bin). So, as Miz says, check your Recycle Bin. Space isn't freed up until that's been emptied.

You might want to download the popular 'Ccleaner' which clears out useless files from temp folder etc., as well as clearing your browser history (though the latter doesn't take up much space but your temp folder may well be wasting space from old setup files no longer needed.
'Ccleaner' is here:

Last edited by pip22; November 13th, 2007 at 10:05 PM.
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