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How to free occupied space when files have been deleted ?

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August 3, 2010 7:14:27 AM

Hello,
i keep getting no desk space messages, even tho i deleted so many files and i kno for a fact the space is free, i tried disk clean up, and it goes as far as MB, disk defragmenter tells me that i need over 15% space
im using windows xp, there is only one drive, which is C:
i have 74.52 GB capacity, could someone point me to the right direction, and thank you in advance

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August 3, 2010 7:24:49 AM

Have you emptied the Recycle Bin? If so, it may be that the space is being used by System Restore Points.
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August 3, 2010 7:29:04 AM

yes i have, and system restore is disabled, i use roxio, it seems that all the folders i delete dont show up as fee space after i delete, because when i started gettin that alert i deleted 40 GB worth of files and it didnt show up
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a b \ Driver
August 3, 2010 7:45:09 AM

That doesn't really make sense. The best way to make sure that files are permanently deleted is to use <shift>-<del>, which bypasses the Recycle Bin. But as you say the Recycle Bin is empty I would advise doing a chkdsk /f. The space should have been automatically regained.
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August 3, 2010 9:05:55 AM

ive tried that as well, nothing changed, i have no idea what the problem is
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a b \ Driver
August 3, 2010 9:15:30 AM

You might want to try a utility such as TreeSize that will show you where the space is being used.
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August 3, 2010 9:29:58 AM

just installed it hopefully this will work
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August 3, 2010 10:47:35 AM

so i think i found out the issue, u were actually right it was the roxio backup files, it seems that it backed up all my .avi files over time, now i have two more problems that i encountered during the failing attempts to solve this one.
thank you ijack your was very useful
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August 3, 2010 9:07:47 PM

Best answer selected by skulltafa.
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