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Windows 7: Problem with lost free space

19 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Problem with lost free space

Hi all
Last night i installed a fresh windows , But before installing it i didn't empty the recycle bin which has more than 5 Giga bytes of deleted files.
After the windows installation the files in the recycle bin had not been permanently deleted and i lost the free space.
I UNCHECKED the "Hide protected protected operating system files" and i found a folder called $RECYCLE.BIN with about 8 gigabytes size.
what should i do now to regain the disc space?
and Sorry for my bad english.



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20 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Open $RECYCLE.BIN. You will see one or more Recycle Bin folders. Open the first one, select all in it then delete what's selected.

Right clicking on the Recycle Bin on the Desktop and selecting Empty Recycle Bin should also do this for you.
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21 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Open $RECYCLE.BIN. You will see one or more Recycle Bin folders. Open the first one, select all in it then delete what's selected.

Right clicking on the Recycle Bin on the Desktop and selecting Empty Recycle Bin should also do this for you.
Thanks for replying but the first Recycle bin was empty.
Anyway i selected all the recycle bins in the $Recycle folder and deleted them all and it works fine now
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21 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

That's different than on my Win 7 system. All Recycle bin folders showed the same contents. Anyway, glad it's fixed.
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21 Jun 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

How did the Recycle Bin remain if you correctly booted the installer to Clean Reinstall Windows 7 over the old installation?

It sounds like you ran the installer from the desktop .
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22 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
How did the Recycle Bin remain if you correctly booted the installer to Clean Reinstall Windows 7 over the old installation?

It sounds like you ran the installer from the desktop .
No i installed a clean windows .. but may be when you install a fresh windows before emptying the recycle pin files,it keeps the deleted data in the $RECYCLE folder.
I Don't know what the point of doing so as long as that you can't restore These files anyway !
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22 Jun 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

If you correctly boot the installer to Install Windows 7 (Did you?) then it formats the partition so there is no Recycle Bin left, except a new one which is installed along with Windows 7.

Do you have a windows.old folder in C: drive now? If so then you didn't boot the installer to install. How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD
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23 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you correctly boot the installer to Install Windows 7 (Did you?) then it formats the partition so there is no Recycle Bin left, except a new one which is installed along with Windows 7.

Do you have a windows.old folder in C: drive now? If so then you didn't boot the installer to install. How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD
I think there is a misunderstanding
The $RECYCLE folder which i talked about is in the drive "D" Not the the system drive "C"
I know the difference between clean windows installation and Upgrading an existing windows and what i did is a clean windows installation by formatting the System Drive "C" before installing the new one.
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23 Jun 2012   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

HOW TO POST A SNAPSHOT OF DISK MANAGEMENT DISPLAY
Run disk management:
WIN |
type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
This method gives you a display without the unneeded navigation pane.
WIN=key with Microsoft logo on top.



Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar
key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.


Make a snapshot:
WIN |
type SNIPPING | ENTER | New
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save


Post the snapshot:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums
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That will help to clarify matters.
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23 Jun 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Where was it mentioned that you had installed to a separate partition than the one on which exists the Recycle Bin you're concerned about? I cannot find it anywhere.
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