phantom file on hard disc

By scumbag
May 24, 2005
  1. Hi Peeps,
    I recently had to delete a very large file (about 55 gig) from my hard disc but although the file seems to have gone the space it occupied still seems to be full.
    So I've got a 55 gig hole in my hard drive I want to get back.
    I've tried deleting temp files & recycle bin, it doesn't do any good.

    Please help!
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    What type of file was it?

    It wouldn`t happen to be a virtual drive would it?

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. scumbag

    scumbag TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    I was doing joining together 2 divX files into one movie file.
    It stopped when I ran out of disk space after eating up 55 gig!

    It's not a virtual drive, it's on my C drive.

    Cheers, Mark.
  4. Smurf

    Smurf TS Rookie

    Do you know what the filename was? If you do then you can use the DOS attrib command to track it down.

    Open a DOS window then type the following:-

    cd\ [enter]
    attrib filenamegoeshere /s [enter]

    Don't type [enter] just press the enter key :)

    If the file is on your C: drive attrib will find it and show the full path to it plus its attributes. To delete it type:-

    del C:\pathshownbyattrib [enter]
    Obviously change the pathshownbyattrib to the actual path to the file.
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    does this mean you have lost 55gb of disc space
    that size of delete will not go in the trash bin
    whats the root dir look like
    c: type total size free space
    is it on a partion
    thats alot of movie file
  6. scumbag

    scumbag TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Yep, the size of the file got to 55 gig before my disc ran out of space.
    Christ knows why it was big, should only have been 900 meg.
    I deleted the file from the directory (right click on the file, select delete) and it disapeared the way it should but it didn't free up the space. Weird.
    So now my hard disc is stuffed to the gills with nothing at all!!!
  7. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    Start Backing Up Your Files...

    That sounds like your drive is going bad or your FAT is screwed up. Either way, I would start backing up anything important and run some drive diagnostics.
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    it do sound like the allocation table is muffed
    have you set your file view to see hidden files
    also windows protected files do that first the files or file may show up
    does'nt hurt to run scandsk and defrag your drive anyway.

    what ever the progy was you where using you may lookup errors about rendering movies plus process of joining splitting
  9. scumbag

    scumbag TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Sorted it :giddy:

    It was hiding in the Norton protected files bit of the recycle bin.

    Thanks for all the suggestions though.

    Seeya, Mark.
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