Solved Hard Drive Space Randomly Used?

Dell Dimension 8300 desktop
June 27, 2011 at 15:44:43
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.20GHz, 4 Gigabytes RAM
In a Dell Dimension 8300 I have, one of the hard disks says it has ~20 GB used, when the folders on the drive don't add up. Here is the list of files on my C: drive:

(Folder) Dell = 194 MB
(Folder) Documents and Settings = 990 MB
(Folder) MsoCache = 812 MB
(Folder) Nvidia = 40 MB
(Folder) Program Files = 3,320 MB
(Folder) Recycler = 37 MB
(Folder) System Volume Information = Empty it says
(Folder) Windows = 2,940 MB
(File) hiberfil = 3,669 MB
(File) pagefile = 3,668 MB

So those files amount to 15.476 GB, when on my hard disk it says:
17.5 GB out of 37.2 GB available, which then says that 19.7 GB of space is being used. I have included hidden and system files. Is the remaining 4 GB a recovery partition or something, because it doesn't show up anywhere. I know it isn't a big difference, but I like having everything perfect on my computer.

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Dell Dimension 8300
Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce FX5200


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#1
June 27, 2011 at 16:03:35
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The "System Volume Information" folder is shown in Windows Explorer as empty but it isn't. Among other things it contains System Restore points. By default this folder is inaccessible to even an admin account so Windows Explorer (which runs under the user account) is unable to read it's contents. This would explain the "missing" space.

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#2
June 27, 2011 at 16:20:30
Okay, thanks.

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Dell Dimension 8300
Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce FX5200


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#3
June 27, 2011 at 18:29:18
To gain access to the system volume information folder follow the directions HERE.

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