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Mysterious additional 'system' files.

September 4, 2011 at 18:07:26
Specs: Windows 2000 Profess, 266 MHz / 511 MB
A large file or directory or group of files, of 870Mb or so, has found its way onto the system drive, D: in this case. It is invisible to Explorer or File Manager and only appears as an extra group of system files in Disc Defragmenter. It occupies 100 per cent of processor time for long periods whenever on line. The longer the PC is running, the worse it gets.

Copying the contents, directory by directory and root directory file by file, to another drive; then deleting the whole of D: drive leaves the mystery 'system file(s)' in place. Next, using Administrative Tools' to reformat the partition, still does not clear these files, neither does deleting the partition all together and re-establishing it.

What else can be done that would get rid of this millstone please?

Thank you for any help.

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September 5, 2011 at 07:12:34
"using Administrative Tools' to reformat the partition, still does not clear these files

You say this is your system drive. If it is, it's impossible to format or delete it
from within Windows Disk Management because those tasks are unavailable on a system drive when Windows is running.

Are you sure it's your system drive -- check again.

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September 5, 2011 at 15:56:10

Thanks for your reply. I ought to have explained that there are two hard discs. The first has a single partion, C drive, with Windows 2000, but is not set up for anything other than looking at the second hard disc. D drive is the primary partition on the latter, with a separate copy of 2000. D drive is the system drive used for all normal operations and, apart from the operating system, contains only software that cannot be loaded on other drives. Booting on C drive, as administrator, enables me to manipulate D drive a little more than would otherwise be possible.

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