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 Post subject: Why doesn't WinXP show removal of files
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:43 pm 
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I've noticed with WinXP Pro SP3 that I can remove gigs of files, defrag the hdd and it still doesn't show the freed space. Why is that? Thanks.


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 Post Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:25 pm 
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Deleting files will increase the amount of free space, even if they are moved to the recycle bin (the contents of which are not counted as used space). Defragmenting however will not affect the amount of free space, it only attempts to consolodate it as much as possible, that is have it be all together in one place rather than scattered around the drive. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:18 pm 
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So, if I remove say 20 gigs of stuff, how do I make Windows show that freed up space?


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You don't have to do anything else except emptying the recycle bin to make Windows show the additional free space. For example here are my drive properties:

File comment: Drive properties showing used and free space.
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Here are the properties for the same drive immediately after deleting a ~20GB folder (which was too large to fit in the recycle bin):

File comment: Drive properties after deleting an approx. 20GB folder.
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If after deleting 20GB worth of files or folders and emptying the recycle bin Windows isn't showing the space as being free (vs. used) on your system, then either you haven't actually deleted them and emptied the recycle bin or something is seriously wrong with Windows on your system (I would suspect malware). If that is the case let me know what you find, Scott.


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