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by: Tilapia2006 February 26, 2011 9:12 AM PST

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Recovery (d:) Drive Showing Full - Can't see files

by Tilapia2006 - 2/26/11 9:12 AM

Running XP on an HP Pavillion 500.

For several months now, I've received a low disk space warning for my recovery drive (d). When I select the disk cleanup, it "cleans up" nothing really ... an already empty recycle bin, etc. It continues to show 4.87gb used and 32mb free. I've opened the folder (with show hidden files option) and I cannot find anything taking up that space. The files in the folder aren't a fraction of the 4.87gb.

However, I ran chkdsk d: and here's what it found:
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>chkdsk d:
The type of the file system is FAT32.
Volume HP_RECOVERY created 1/5/2003 2:51 PM
Volume Serial Number is 7EFA-09BD
Windows is verifying files and folders...
File and folder verification is complete.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.
5,108,092 KB total disk space.
984,768 KB in 36 hidden files.
624 KB in 125 folders.
4,089,924 KB in 8,954 files.
32,772 KB are available.

4,096 bytes in each allocation unit.
1,277,023 total allocation units on disk.
8,193 allocation units available on disk.

I don't see those 8,954 files anywhere in the folder. How do I find them and delete them?

I also ran the following from command prompt, dir d:\ /a and here is the result.

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>dir d:\ /a
Volume in drive D is HP_RECOVERY
Volume Serial Number is 7EFA-09BD

Directory of d:\

07/28/2001 07:07 AM 0 AUTOEXEC.BAT
01/09/2002 08:52 PM 244 BOOT.INI
04/06/2002 12:13 AM <DIR> cmdcons
08/17/2001 10:26 AM 237,728 CMLDR
07/28/2001 07:07 AM 0 CONFIG.SYS
12/14/2001 07:51 PM 266 Desktop.ini
02/21/2002 03:34 AM 8,102 Folder.htt
04/30/2001 09:16 PM 14 GRAPH
04/06/2002 12:14 AM <DIR> hp
07/28/2001 07:07 AM 0 IO.SYS
04/06/2002 12:08 AM <DIR> MiniNT
07/28/2001 07:07 AM 0 MSDOS.SYS
07/25/2001 11:00 PM 45,124 NTDETECT.COM
08/17/2001 04:32 PM 0 NTFS
07/25/2001 11:00 PM 222,880 NTLDR
04/25/2002 10:46 PM <DIR> PRELOAD
04/30/2001 09:16 PM 14 SVGA
02/09/2002 01:44 AM 88,038 Warning.bmp
01/20/2008 11:38 AM 8,192 ffastun0.ffx
04/25/2002 03:46 PM 6 BLOCK.RIN
01/05/2003 02:51 PM <DIR> I386
04/25/2002 03:47 PM 348 MASTER.LOG
08/18/2001 04:00 PM 10 WIN51
01/22/2001 04:00 PM 11 WIN51.B2
07/25/2001 04:00 PM 11 WIN51.RC1
07/25/2001 09:47 PM 11 WIN51.RC2
08/18/2001 04:00 PM 10 WIN51IC
03/20/2001 04:00 PM 11 WIN51IC.B2
07/25/2001 04:00 PM 11 WIN51IC.RC1
07/25/2001 04:00 PM 11 WIN51IC.RC2
08/17/2001 04:00 PM 10 WIN51IP
01/22/2001 04:00 PM 11 WIN51IP.B2
07/25/2001 09:47 PM 11 WIN51IP.RC2
08/17/2001 02:17 PM 184 WINBOM.INI
01/05/2003 03:24 PM 18 USER
01/20/2008 11:38 AM 24,576 ffastun.ffl
01/20/2008 11:38 AM 16,384 ffastun.ffo
01/20/2008 11:38 AM 4,127 ffastun.ffa
02/25/2011 03:53 PM 1,007,349,760 pagefile.sys
08/19/2002 01:57 PM <DIR> Recycled
08/19/2002 01:57 PM <DIR> System Volume Information
34 File(s) 1,008,006,123 bytes
7 Dir(s) 33,558,528 bytes free

What do you make of this? If anyone can help me resolve this issue, I will be thoroughly grateful. I feel like I'm so close to clearing it up, but these stupid files are in some sort of Bermuda Triangle on my recovery drive.

Thanks in advance (sorry for long post).
Jason

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