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Is your memory stick hiding recycled files from you?

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#1 trumph


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Posted 28 April 2010 - 02:01 PM

I just did a clean up on my 16gb memory stick and wondered why it seemed to come up 4gb short, I checked the usage of all the folders, and it was definitely missing about 4gb.

So I downloaded a neat space sniffer http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_s...r/download.html and it showed several large files as being recycled about 4 months ago, but still hanging about.

Next I checked all 3 of my PC's to make sure they didn't have the stick set up in their recycle bin (right click the desktop icon and select properties) because there was not a recycle bin showing for the stick in explorer on any of them.

SO, it's down to good 'ole DOS then.

Opened a command prompt
Moved to the drive (Type the drive letter with a : after it IE D:)

dir /ah

This showed


attrib <folder name> -r -s -h

for all folders, sometimes attrib *. -r -s -h works, but it didn't this time

Now they all showed in explorer so deleted the lot, Recycled stayed but 3 hidden folders deleted and the spare space went from 6gb to just over 10gb

The contents of the folders may not show in explorer even with the "show hidden files" option selected, so to do this go back to the command prompt and do this.

cd <folder name> (It will go even if it is hidden and system)
dir /ah

This will show any files or folders that are hidden so you can decide if you want to keep them, to do this type

attrib <file or folder name> -r -s -h

you can use wild cards but it does not always work of folders

These files/folders will now show in explorer, so you can delete or move them

it's worth running that sniffer on your memory stick windows seems to have a problem with some memory sticks and recycle bins, and that's ALL versions of windows

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 12:45 AM

Hey thanks for the nice tip. Initially I was thinking about the bad sector problem But you explained a different phenomenon.

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 06:27 AM

Dont you just go to "tools" and than "Folder Options" and then unclick "hide protected operating system files ( recommended)" and then click yes and ok ?

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 02:36 AM


Interesting tip, I read this with interest and decided I'd tried that program just for the fun of it on one of my spare computers, because I am just one of those people who loves experimenting with new software.

So being the adventurer that I am I tried what you suggested on an Windows XP SP3 machine I have and was amazed what I found on several memory sticks that were laying about that I thought were clean. :thumbsup: Not as well as I thought though.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful tip! :flowers:

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