I noticed my hard drive was full, but i didnt have that much installed. I look around my hard drive and notice my settings and documents folder is about 5 GB in size...!!
I keep going and see that my Internet History folder is about 4 GB in size. I go and delete the internet history...it had stored the history of about 3 weeks. I go back to the folder...still 4 GB.
I enable the viewing of hidden files and system files...its still empty.
I right click -> properties, and it says that there are 18 files and some folders in there...but i cant see anything.
I noticed, and it was said above, that the content.ie5 folders that get stored around your drive can get massive. I found them by looking at the most fragmented files on my HD with diskeeper.
I'm not sure how or when you should delete those folders, but since they're always in a temp folder I just delete them or parts of them. I got rid of 600MB yesterday. For some reason it stored a movie in my temporary internet files that I had deleted a month ago. No clue how things end up in these folders.
Another thing that I've had happen, since your problem is obviously larger than 600MB is the System Restore taking up too much space. If you aren't having any problems, delete all your restore points. I forget where they are exactly, but if you find them you could check to see how much space they're taking.
Well yeah, but i also said that this is not the IE5 Temporary Internet Files folder...
This is the History folder. The History folder does not story any movies or files from the web. The History folder only stores all the names of the web site you have been to, and should normally be extremely small in size. Thats why, this folder becoming 4GB is impossible.
Just to let everyone know, if you go to the tools menu in an explorer window, and select folder options and view, there is one thing you have to uncheck to get the folders to show up in the explorer window. Uncheck this box:
<font color=red>Hide Protected Operating System Files</font color=red>
By unchecking that option it shows every folder in windows. I did it and the folders were accessible.
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The "Properties" tells me there are 4 files and 2 folders...but the window doesn't show that, it only shows a file called "today", which when opened shows a folder called My computer which contains the two screenshots I've prepared for this post...that's it. (I'm posting this with a different computer.)
Now look at the next screenshot of the file trees of Windows and PC-cillin.
Aha! PC-cillin has found these mysterious folders...and now that we know the names of them we can get Windows to show them to us by typing in their names in the address bar...once there you can delete to your heart's content...at your own risk of course. I would also add that the norton AV on my other machine with WinME will also show these types of "secret" folders.