Posted 04 November 2007 - 07:04 AM
My comp's got a 19gig hard drive, 1 Gig RAM, Windows XP (Actually BOUGHT, complete with holograms on disk!)
Few weeks back, discovered a large black hole on my small hard drive. 11 Gigabytes had vanished. By which I mean, I added up the shown sizes of every folder on the hard drive and it came up 11gig short.
So I downloaded Avantquest Fix-It Utilities Version 8 and did a hunt on the hard disk. Now comes the bit that sounds nuttier than a constipated squirrel. There were 20316 (That's right - Twenty Thousand, Three Hundred and Sixteen!) zipfiles on the hard drive, a very large amount of them in the FONTS folder. But they're not fonts - according to their names they're films, fascinating looking software, games, utility packs. Most of them are 113,241 - I would THINK that's K, it doesn't give the units - long. The problem is, Avantquest can't delete them because it says they're 'locked to another package', but it doesn't tell me what the other package is. Windows can't see them, even with Show Hidden Folders/Files checked, so as far as it's concerned they're not there and Windows can't delete them. And they've clogged my entire hard drive!
Now if I could wave a magic wand - look away now if easily shocked! - I'd love to keep the movies and software on DVD and dump the rest. If that's not possible, I just want to delete the lot. The problem is - how? And how the heck did they get there in the first place - if I delete them, are they just going to reappear again?
One thing I do know is, I didn't download any of them. I don't know anything about them, I just know they're there, they're all in the FONTS file and I want rid of them. Yep, I did think of putting all the fonts in a separate folder, deleting the FONTS file to get rid of the weird stuff then recreating the Fonts folder and putting the Fonts back, trouble was, that didn't work. The folder got deleted, then I recreated it, put the fonts back, did another scan with Avantquest Fix-It Utilities - and the weird stuff was still there. Because Windows couldn't see them, it couldn't delete them, at least that's what I THINK the reason must be.
Anyone got any ideas?
ulrichburke on site.