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?
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 - ???????????????
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.