I have selected all the options I can find that would allow me to see all hidden/system files on the HDD with explorer. I have set the Internet Explorer 7 (7.0.5730.11) options to delete all temp files, including offline content, and even gone into tools and selected Delete All. So my expectations were that once leaving IE, the temp files would be gone. However I did find, and delete files in the Temporary Internet Files directory, as well as files I felt were connected with History. (Even though IE should have rid the HDD of them)
I then ran defrag, and low and behold, some of the files that defrag was now "moving", were (I thought deleted) but obviously, still on the HDD. I stopped defrag, and searched for the filename that defrag reported. There were several files, and one of the files was "DC-11030.jpg". Search came up with NOTHING. There seemed to be no way to find or delete this file, and I suspect many, many others.
I do know that the above, named file was one I downloaded from a friend's site. Right clicked on it, "save target as", and saved the file on a USB drive. The file is correctly on the USB drive, but for some reason XP added the "", and it appears to be on the HDD too, (according to defrag's reporting).
That lead me to believe that there are many files that cannot be seen, or deleted, and the amount of HDD space continues to shrink, as time goes on.
I did find information on removing this type of file from older versions of Windows, but I have not found anything about removing this type from XP.
I have searched this forum to find help, but I am sure my attempts could have been more complete. I have not found quite what I need. I have also posted this message many other forums, and apologize if I have wasted anyone’s time.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by paranoid74, 21 November 2007 - 02:52 PM.