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Loosing Hard Drive space

I started running out of hard drive space and started moving old data files to external storage and/or removing unnessecary programs and data files. I would clear out 100-200mb of space, but the next time I would turn on my IBM A31 ThinkPad w/Windows 2000 Prof., 50MB of what I had just cleared would be gone. And each time I turn it on after that, another chunk would be gone. If I leave the HD space at less than 10MB, it will go down to
2-3MB and stay mostly right there. I delete the IE Cookies, History and Temp files after web usage. I haven't added any new programs or created any new large data files.
What is eating up all my HD space??

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Be sure to empty the recycle bin if you haven't. Also when you drag the files over to another drive the orig often stays in orig location and a copy is placed on the 2nd drive. Be sure to hold the CTRL key so that you dont have the + plus (copy) sign.

Also be sure you don't have GOBACK or Norton system works that might have a protected recycle bin.

Also windows might automatically be expandidg out the necessary swap file at start up

Back up music and pix to CD oto free up space

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I had an IBM with the same problem. Turned out to be a glitch with the system restore. Instead of just adding any new programs or file occasionally it would mirror image the hard drive daily until I had no more hard drive space left. Since the system restore is embedded into the operating system, I had to wipe the hard drive, reformat (NTFS), and reload the operating system to fix it. Since you have an external, you will be able to back up your data before reinstalling. This makes it nice, most people don't have this convenience.

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Do you empty your trash??? Do you have a virus?

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