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Free space on hard drive -- addendum.

By jardinier ·
I recently asked a question about varying reports of available free space on my hard drive. I was given a number of helpful suggestions.

HOWEVER, afer deleting all temporary files and defragging, I have inexplicably lost several hundred megabytes of free space.

Is there some explanation apart from those given to my original question?

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by TheChas In reply to Free space on hard drive ...


Is this Windows 98 or XP?

Makes a big difference.

XP stores a number of files for restore points, and items it thinks you might want to retrieve.

Windows 98 can store a few files that are not reported as taking up disk space. I just don't remember where right now.

Go ahead and reject this answer. That way, you can post a comment.


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by jardinier In reply to

It is Windows 98 with 98 SE upgrade. I have been using this computer for about a year I think. The free space readings were fine until a few weeks ago. But I got a real shock when several hundred megabytes just disappeared into thin air.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Free space on hard drive ...

I am sure you have done this; but, after you deleted the files, did you clear out the trash bin?

Also, run a scan on your system for Monkey B or C. That virus starts creating additional partitions on the disk and eventually you run out of space. You should be able to see that happening if you check with FDISK.

Did you run a surface scan on the hard disk? Is it possible that you have some clusters that have gone bad?

And I would get a copy of Norton's Utilities and run a check for cross-linked files.

Congrats on having the most interesting issue for a while. Don't ya feel special? (grin)

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by jardinier In reply to

Thanks for all the suggestions, but none of them have resolved the problem. FDISK shows only one partition, comprising the whole disc (apart from the invisible partition in which the BIOS lives on this particular Compaq computer).

I have also installed Norton Utilities, but have yet to figure out how it can resolve the problem.

Free space is still rapidly disappearing, and I have run a virus scan with Trend Micro. I still think a virus is the most likely answer, but it hasn't been detected by Trend Micro.

I will try a virus scan from the Internet if I can find a site other than TrendMicro that provides this service.

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by cp7212 In reply to Free space on hard drive ...

I can't remember if I posted to you or not. If you run scandisk, it may give you a message stating that a drive is misreporting it's free space. You can choose to fix the error. It always worked for me.

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by jardinier In reply to

Thanks everyone for trying.
For future reference I am not a computer novice, so I don't need to be advised of fundamental things like Scandisk, defrag, deleting temporary files.

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