Missing space on OS drive

I was dumb a year ago and made my OS partition 3GB on a 2nd rig just set up for gaming. When I use select all on the drive, it reads ~2.2 GB used... but when I look at the drive, I have only 130MB left and XP keeps giving me a messgae that it wants 200+ MB of free space.

I do not want to reformat and start anew... where is my missing space? Recycle Bin is turned off on this drive; swap file is fixed to a different HDD, and system restore is turned off... any ideas?

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GB Corsair XMS PC3200
BBA 9800 Pro 423/369</font color=red><font color=black>
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  1. Your swap file might be on a different drive, but did you delete your swap file off the drive after you switched it?

    I want to say you have to do it through safe mode, go in and delete the swap.
  2. Hmm... what will a swap file look like?

    Hey, I just went into virtual memory settings to confirm that the OS drive was not selected, and it tells me I have over 800MB free from there.

    <font color=red><b>NF7-S/MBarton 2500+
    210x11.5 1.82v SP-97
    GB Corsair XMS PC3200
    BBA 9800 Pro 423/369</font color=red><font color=black>
    NF7-S/MBarton 2600+
    210x11.5 1.76v
    512MB CVR PC3200
    Sapphire 9500@9700
  3. you know that reinstalling can take 2 hours but you can keep searching for your lost space for 2 weeks...

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  4. Riser is telling you about something called pagefile. If you still see this on "C", delete it. According to you, there is a swapfile (pagefile) on another drive.

    Also, do a chkdsk (properties-tools-Error Checking, after right-clicking the drive) with both options checked. You will have to restart to effect this. It will take about 10-15 minutes. When you get your desktop back, Defrag (right-click the drive, properties-tools-defrag).

    If you still don't have your space back - ???????????????
  5. When I say swap file, I mean the virtual memory settings in XP. But the fix ended up being easy enough. I set the page file to 2MB, the lowest setting, and it asked me if I wanted to overwrite the existing file. There you go; it was turned off, but the file was still there. I overwrote the file and set it to 2MB, reebooted, then tuened it off, rebooted, and now I do have my 800MB of free space.

    Thanks all, problem solved, and I can live with the loss of 2MB.

    <font color=red><b>NF7-S/MBarton 2500+
    210x11.5 1.82v SP-97
    GB Corsair XMS PC3200
    BBA 9800 Pro 423/369</font color=red><font color=black>
    NF7-S/MBarton 2600+
    210x11.5 1.76v
    512MB CVR PC3200
    Sapphire 9500@9700
  6. If you check, you will see a 2mb pagefile on your "C" drive. You can safely delete this and get back that 2mb as well.
  7. <A HREF="http://www.askdavetaylor.com/how_do_i_delete_my_second_windows_xp_swap_file.html" target="_new">delete swap</A>
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