It just started doing this yesterday. When I delete files, the hard drive is filling up instead of becoming emptier. Wednesday, it was at 21GB of free space, then I burned some of my video files onto a DVD and deleted them from the computer and it spiked up to 29GB of free space. Then yesterday, I deleted more files (video and program) and there was no change in the amount of free space and there was at least 5GB of stuff that was deleted. Now today, when I delete stuff (video and program), the amount of free space is decreasing. And yes, I am reading it correctly, it is the amount of free space. Today it was still at 29GB, but then I deleted video stuff and it went to 27.5GB. I just deleted about 1 gig of program files and it went down to 27.2GB of free space. Why is my deleting files decreasing the amount of free space?
Have you emptied your trash folder?
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As Steve said, empty your trash.
Also make sure your deleting the actual file and not a shortcut. Then after thats all checked, defrag it.
I emptied the "trash" and I am deleting the actual file and not just the shortcut. But I just deleted some videos and it went up to 32GB, so it might have just been a phase.
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Where are you getting the videos and programs? You dont by chance have a file sharing program like 'KaZaa' installed do you? If so, I would look into an ad-ware/spy-ware remover.
The System Restore in Windows XP is the reason for this. It creates backups when you uninstall something and it's increazing your disk with backups. System restores normally use about 10% of your disk storage.
If you want to control this:
My Computer (right click) -> System Restore Tab
I'd recommend you not to disable this. It may come handy if your computer will crash in the future.
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If you have nortan antivirus then somtimes the "nortan protected recycle bin" can cause some problems as it stores every file, I would recomed disabling it, I had this problem when playin counterstrike, my harddrive kept getting full and I was like WTF?