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Operating System: Windows 95
Date: 07 Aug 1999
I have a 4.2Gb hard disk about 3/4 full. Recently Win95 explorer has
started giving problems when deleting files/programs etc. The files
disappear from explorer but don't appear in the Recycle bin, also the
space is not released, so now explorer reports that I only have about 95Mb
hard disk space left. I've tried reinstalling the registry from a backup,
using scandisk, defragging but without making any difference. As an
experiment I copied a 100Mb file to a temp directory and then deleted it.
It disappeared completely but I was 100Mb down on disk space.
Any ideas ???
There are registry modifications that one can make so when
a file is deleted, it will be permanently deleted. So files will
never show up in the Recycling Bin, because they are automatically permanently
deleted. Although, this will not produce the symptoms you are
describing where drive space is being taken up by these deleted
files. It appears that the Recycling Bin is corrupt and unable to
report tagged files for deletion. First, you should get a up to date
antiviral program and scan your drive for viruses. It is very
probably that a virus could be causing this problem. Next you can
try a program like Norton Disk Doctor. It will be able to clean up
your hard drive and remove the deleted files that the Recycling bin is losing.
Unfortunately, we a have never seen a problem quite like the one you are
having, so we do not have a quick fix for you. If you
have your data backed up, you could also reload Windows 95 and that would
solve your problem, but it's always a hassle. It's most definitely a
major major problem with Windows 95 and would highly recommend backing up
all data ASAP.