Posted 24 October 2011 - 08:27 PM
HP Pavilion Laptop
XP with Service Pack 3
55 GB Hard Drive
Ok...got the whole Blue Screen of Death thing, ended up reformatting and re-installing XP, which I thought erased everything. Certainly everything was gone from the desktop, where I reinstalled the few programs I run, mainly Office, Quick Books, and Itunes. All was fine for a month or two, and now the computer runs very slowly, sometimes taking forever just to open anything. I did all the usual Malware, Spybot, and Antivirus scans...everything was clean. Just by chance I looked at properties on my hard drive ©, and was shocked to see that it was at only 12 GB free space out of 55 GB. I ran a program called Tree Size to see everything sorted by amount of space used. I knew there was no way I had that much stuff, Itunes files take up the most space of anything, and I knew I only had about 20 GB of music files. I did a scan of everything on the drive, and I have found that everything was duplicated when I reinstalled XP, taking up twice the disk space as normal. Under "Documents and Settings", my reinstall added a folder "John Lisenba.John" with all my current files in it, but still shows a folder "John Lisenba" which according to the HD scan, still has over 20 GB of files...but when I click on it, it says the folder is inaccessible and access is denied. Any way to access and get rid of those files that are duplicated to free up space on my HD? Thanks in advance!