What is file

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This is the question I asked:

My C drive is an 80 gig hard drive. Not too long ago it said that I had 5 gigs used and 65 gigs free. Now for some reason it says I have used 65 gigs and only 5 gigs free. There is no possible way!! The only thing I can think of is that I used EraserTech to clean my files (thinking a wipe of this magnitude would give back some memory from previously deleted files). Could that have caused a problem? How do I find where all of my memory went to? I removed some programs that I never use by going to add and remove programs but that didn't buy me much.

My E drive is also 80 gigs (which I use for back up purposes) and instead of reading 5 gigs used and 65 gigs free it reads 14gigs used and 60 gigs free - better but not true.

This is the answer I received:

Well the problem is that some how you mustve saved something in your file that you didnt want to save in the first place there for filling up your hard drive and therefor taking up all the space in your hard drive. Just go and delete the files that are most important and keep the rest. And if your looking for a place to find deleted files go to the recycle bin thats where all the deleted files go to.

My response:

I don't want to delete files that are important to me. The non-important ones I already mentioned I deleted. What in the world could I have downloaded that took up 65 gigs that the tech. seems to think I downloaded? Where would I go, and how do I get there, to find out what could be taking up so much space - if it is anything? Is there a place on my regestry that lists all of my files and how large each one is? thanks.

Answer

This question was answered on September 23, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Well this depends on what you downloaded for instance if you are a music fan downloading movies or music can take up a great deal of space try going into the control panel by clicking on my computer, click on add remove programs there you will see the programs you installed be advise be very carefull on what you delete only delete programs you have installed and is not using or have no need for after doing this run defrag this will also free up some space.

albert thompson

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on September 23, 2003