Local Settings shows too large

This is a Windows XP Pro machine with a small HD (40 gigs).
"C" Drive shows about totally full but there’s hardly anything on it.

I found in Windows Explorer that the “Local Settings” folder has 27 gigs.
BUT there are ONLY two small folders under Local Settings:
1) Application Data folder = 37 Megs
2) And the Temp folder = 80 KB (after emptying).

And YES I've checked "Show hidden files & Folders".
How can the Local Settings folder be 27 gigs??

Should I just delete the whole Local Settings folder?
Then re-create it with just the "Application Data" folder And the "Temp" folder in it?
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  1. That does not make sense. There are many other folders under 'Documents and Settings/your_user_name/. You should be seeing folders for local settings, recent, SendTo, etc.

    Have you run a full scan for errors on the drive?
  2. Thanks for your response!

    Yes; there are many folders under "Documents and Settings".
    ONE of those folders is "Local Settings".
    That "Local Settings" folder has 27 GIGS.

    BUT there are ONLY two small folders in the Local Settings folder:
    1) Application Data folder = 37 Megs
    2) And the Temp folder = 80 KB (after emptying).

    There must be something else hidden in there. (Maybe?)
    And YES I've checked "Show hidden files & Folders".
  3. Screw it.
    I reformatted!
    Obviously that fixed everything
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