Don't know what's wrong with my external hdd-help?

By ukpsthree ·
I have a fat32 80gb Samsung laptop hdd that I inserted into an external enclosure for use as an external usb hdd. It wasn't recognized by Windows Xp.So I went into "Disk Managment" & selected "Initialize" & then it detected it & I created the partition & formatted it into NTFS. I then went into "My Computer" & added a few media files to the external hdd. A few hours later I deleted the files & checked "Properties" of the external hdd but the "used space" did not decrease nor did the "free space" increase. I enabled "show hidden files" & checked the contents of the hdd. The files I deleted before were not there. I was curious so I added a few more media files to the drive & then deleted them. I checked "Properties" of the hdd & the "used space" increased & the "free space" was unchanged. So files that I deleted that aren't on the hdd are being counted as if they are but they're not because I deleted them & I can't see them. I tried formatting the hdd but the "used space" was not reduced at all.
Long story short: The external hdd says there is 100% free space but also says I have a bunch of used space as well. How can I fix this problem?

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Recycle Bin ?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Don't know what's wrong w ...

Have you emptied it yet?

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by ukpsthree In reply to Recycle Bin ?...

It didn't change anything.

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OK, so tell us......

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Don't know what's wrong w ...

Just where is it that you're looking at the used and free space?

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In "My Computer" section

by ukpsthree In reply to OK, so tell us......

In the "Properties" of the external hdd. I'm using Windows XP.

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System Restore ?

by Jacky Howe In reply to Don't know what's wrong w ...

Press the WinKey + Pause/Break and click the System Restore tab. Stop monitoring the drive and the system volume information directory should be removed.

<i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.

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Tried it & it worked!

by ukpsthree In reply to System Restore ?

It's now working like it should. Free space increases when I delete files from the hdd.

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Glad that you have it sorted out. {nt}

by Jacky Howe In reply to Tried it & it worked!

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