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Old 05-19-04, 07:43 PM
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Hard Drive Issue

I am running WinXP with a 120 gig HD. I noticed I only had about a gig and a half, so I deleted about 4 gig. However, there was no change to the free space (yes I did empty the recycle bin). So I deleted another 4 gig, still no change. So I moved about 19 gig to another computer, and now I have 17 gig free. Does anyone know what's going on with my HD and how I can get my free space back? I have emptied the recycle bin (and removed the Norton Protected Files) I have also deleted all temporary files. I even tried defraging the HD, Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 05-19-04, 11:03 PM
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umm... you could try disabling system restore,

have you tired running chkdsk or scandisk to check the mbr table for errors?
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Old 05-20-04, 03:31 PM
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Is the 120GB disk partitioned at all?
Is this the same disk that houses your OS?
Do you find yourself missing any actual data b/c of this?
Back up everything on another disk just to be safe.

try rebooting with partition magic or something to check the size before windows loads, or even still, try seeing how it looks in Windows Disk Manager.

Try changing the jumper on the disk around to slave or cable select.
Try booting the with the disk on the 2nd IDE port.
Try disconnecting all other IDE devices and then switching IDE ports and jumpers.
Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty.

If none of this works, try taking the disk to a different machine.
See if a disk from a different machine works OK in your rig.

I had a problem recently where i wasn't able to access about 4-6 GB of data on one of my 40GB drives.
I was frantic!
When then system would boot and detect IDE drives, the 40GB drive that would usually look like 39,834 (more or less) was reading as 32,748 (more or less).

I reconfigured all the IDE devices and jumpers until I was able to read the "corrupt" portion and back it up.
But then after all this, the disk started working alright again.
Needless to say, I no longer power up this disk.
I may retire it to become an experimental linux install.

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