Solved Can't delete files completely from almost full 500GB HDD

June 19, 2012 at 06:48:52
Specs: Windows XP
Hi,

My hard disk is 500 Gb memory which is almost full now, wen i delete files i cannot see the empty space available. So i cant able to copy any more files to the hard disk. Can any one suggest wat would be the problem.

And if i format the hard disk by taking back up of all the datas will it work fine.
can i copy all the files back to hard disk. Datas are really important for me.

Thanks in advance


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June 19, 2012 at 12:09:04
"Also when i delete from my external HDD it dosent go to recycle bin it will directly get deleted."

That's not correct.
The partition(s) on the external hard drive has (have) (a) hidden by default recycle bin folder(s) too. That (they) occupies (occupy) drive space on the external hard drive until the contents of the hidden folders have been deleted.
When you empty the Recycle Bin in Windows, it's supposed to empty the recycle bin folders on every partition on all hard drives, including those on external hard drives
.
However, sometimes things get screwed up with an external drive such that empyting the Recycle Bin in Windows does not empty the recycle bin folders on the external drive

How to fix that in XP.....

http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7588_10...


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by luap_42 - 11/8/10 4:13 AM



#1
June 19, 2012 at 06:59:24
Is the 500gb HDD you're referring to the primary drive for the computer (does it store and operate the OS?) If so, unless you have the oem OS disk, you may not be able to restore your OS if you format the drive.

Second question, when you delete something from the windows file system, unless it is an extremely large file, it will be moved to the recycle bin. That means that it is still on your HDD, just in a different location. To get rid of all of the files in your recycle bin, find it on your desktop, right-hand click on it and click "empty recycle bin."

If you truly want to create HDD space, I recommend downloading CCleaner to remove temp files and all of the stuff from your recycle bin with one click. You would be surprised how much space a program like CCleaner will make.


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June 19, 2012 at 07:08:47
Hi,
Thanks for immediate response.

But actually it is not the primary HDD. it is the external HDD which i use for my laptop. Also when i delete from my external HDD it dosent go to recycle bin it will directly get deleted.

Can u tel me whether this CCleaner will work for External HDD if so i may try it.
As am out of station i dont want to take risk by copying all the files in some one else system, Coz if there is a chance of not able to copy it back to my external HDD its gone.

So can you tell for sure whether it will work if i format my external HDD and recopy it.

Thanks.


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June 19, 2012 at 09:53:55
You simply have too much crap on your external. CCleaner isn't going to help. And what do you expect to gain by formatting? You'll have to copy all the data to your PC, then format the external, then copy it all back again. You'll end up exactly where you started.

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#4
June 19, 2012 at 10:02:21
All of my advice only applied if you were refering to your system drive. riider is correct in that you just have too much stuff on your external.

Buy another drive or use WinZip or similar program to zip and compress files.


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June 19, 2012 at 12:09:04
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"Also when i delete from my external HDD it dosent go to recycle bin it will directly get deleted."

That's not correct.
The partition(s) on the external hard drive has (have) (a) hidden by default recycle bin folder(s) too. That (they) occupies (occupy) drive space on the external hard drive until the contents of the hidden folders have been deleted.
When you empty the Recycle Bin in Windows, it's supposed to empty the recycle bin folders on every partition on all hard drives, including those on external hard drives
.
However, sometimes things get screwed up with an external drive such that empyting the Recycle Bin in Windows does not empty the recycle bin folders on the external drive

How to fix that in XP.....

http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7588_10...


See the post.....

The Correct Solution

by luap_42 - 11/8/10 4:13 AM


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