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How To Free up Memory on External Hard Drive

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#1 monicadawn


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Posted 09 July 2010 - 11:48 PM

Hi! I have a Western Delta External Hard Drive with 320 GB. It says that it is almost full, but that is pretty impossible. I started to delete/consolidate stuff and actually move it onto my mac. Right now it says it has 2.57 GB free, so I grabbed a 19 GB folder and copied onto my computers hard drive, and then deleted it off of my external. It still says that I only have 2.57 free. I believe it's been doing this the whole time as I clean it up or consolidate... it never actually frees up the space. Does anyone know why this is happening and how I can fix this so that I can continue to use my external to back up files that I need?

Thanks for your help!

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#2 strolln


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Posted 10 July 2010 - 12:28 AM

Try emptying your Recycle Bin to see if that frees up any disk space.
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#3 monicadawn

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:48 AM

Hi! Emptying my recycle bin was one of the first things that I did and it didn't work. I did check beforehand and nothing from my external that was deleted was in my computers trash anyway since the files were not deleted from my computer. I have no idea where the files go when they are deleted from the external. I went ahead and tried it anyway, but the external still says 2.57. Any other ideas?

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 01:06 PM

Run chkdsk /r command on the external.

Start/Run...type chkdsk X: /r (where X: represents drive letter asisgned external) and hit Enter.

If screen comes up which indicates that command cannot be run until next boot...type Y and hit Enter. Rebott system.

Command will run, system will boot into XP when chkdsk /r completes.


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