will drive wipe my deleted files, give me fre

Dell /
January 6, 2011 at 09:32:57
Specs: Windows XP, 512
My computer is about max out on hard drive space. Its an old optiplex 270. I haved cleared every thing I can think of to get free space. I've cleaned out my add and remove programs. I have run every file clean up on this computer,but still not alot of space. Dissarmed my system restore and gain some space. This pc is second handed and don't have a cd-rom with it. I have a registry clean up software but to still to no avel. I have thousands of deleted files on my hard drive. Will a drive wipe of deleted files free up space
Thanks, Michael

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#1
January 6, 2011 at 10:02:55
"I have thousands of deleted files on my hard drive"

UNtil you empty the recycle bin, they're still using space.


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#2
January 7, 2011 at 11:49:27
What does this mean?
"I have thousands of deleted files on my hard drive".
If they are deleted then they are not there, unless they are still in the bin.

We all live on a ball.


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#3
January 7, 2011 at 12:34:31
"If they are deleted then they are not there, unless they are still in the bin."

Actually, they are still there. Only the reference to them has been removed, and the space has been flagged as empty. Until the files are overwritten, they maintain a physical presence on the drive. The deleted files can be retrieved with recovery software (unless overwritten).

I guess you already know this, and were simplifying, because for all intents and purposes the space is available for use. Unless, as you pointed out, the recycle bin hasn't been emptied.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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#4
January 7, 2011 at 13:28:10
Sci-Guy
Yes, I mean deleted from a users standpoint (I'm one of the regulars on here).

We all live on a ball.


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#5
January 7, 2011 at 23:23:04
Yes, I recognized the name. I've been a member here for around twelve years now. Don't take an active part much anymore, but always reading the threads.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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#6
January 8, 2011 at 10:18:26
Sci-Guy
Yep, I recognised your name too. My first post (as "Prof" - requesting help) was June 15, 1999 so we must be what they call founder members or something.

We all live on a ball.


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