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Windows 7: Number Of Files

21 Jan 2011   #11
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

That may be true, but I have the system set to show hidden files. Thumb.db and desktop.ini files should show within the file manager...they don't. It appears to me that the issue is the files contained within $RECYCLE.BIN, because their number approximates the number of extra files, plus I have verified that they are actually occupying space on the volume. With the average movie taking ~3blocks on the defragger, I have estimated that the space taken by $RECYCLE.BIN is equal to ~27 movies. I don't think that running a disk cleanup or running ccleaner with eliminate those files. I just opened Disk Cleanup, and the only thing that it offered to clean was the Recycle Bin, but that contains nothing.

EDIT: The curious thing is, that I formatted the entire drive into one partition when I started using this drive for this purpose, yet during the defrag, while it was going through $RECYCLE.BIN, I saw music files that were never stored within this volume. I can't remember whether they were on this drive before the formatting or not.


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21 Jan 2011   #12
Anthony

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MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

When you delete a file off a computer it doesn't actually delete it per say. Maybe this is what your seeing.?
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21 Jan 2011   #13
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I understand that deleted files do remain on the hard drive, until they are overwritten, but after being deleted and being emptied from the recycle bin, the OS and defragger no longer sees them, so that can't account for the issue.

EDIT: Even if the $RECYCLE.BIN is seeing deleted files, I can see no point for that being so, because the OS is unable to recover those files. It requires specialized recovery software to do that, by reading directly from the hard drive, not by any record kept by the OS.
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22 Jan 2011   #14
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I wasn't certain what would happen, but I crossed my fingers and deleted the files in $RECYCLE.BIN, and as far as I can tell, everything is still working properly on that volume. Now, I only have 1,739 files and additional 35GBs of space.
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22 Jan 2011   #15
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Good news ,my next post was to link you to my thread about this very problem.
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22 Jan 2011   #16
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Thanks, but that would have been better news if it had arrived before I fixed the problem. I couldn't use ccleaner, as you did, because $RECYCLE.BIN wasn't visible in it, only recycle bin, which was empty. I got rid of the files by right clicking the two numerical files within $RECYCLE.BIN and selecting Delete. The file that appeared to be for another account disappeared, and the file for this account remained, but an activity window appeared indicating progress at deleting the contents of the file.
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