I was trying to keep a close eye on the amount of free space on my hard drive, very regularly erasing my cookies/temp. internet files/history, but I'd still notice unexplained loss or gain of several MB. Then today, I was updating Windows Media Player when I got the "low disk space" message. I check later and the free space has jumped to over 1GB. Can anyone explain this to me?
I usually don't keep things in the Recycle Bin; I delete them, then empty the Bin. And the only time I've seen a scandisk run is when the computer resets after a system error, and that hasn't happened recently.
I've been clearing the cookies, temporary internet files, and history in my IE and Firefox whenever I finish browsing, but the free space would still be less than when I started browsing. Or it would be at one amount, then later it would be at a different amount even without browsing. I mentioned the sudden jump in free space after getting the "low disk space" message. I'd been keeping an eye on the amount of free space because it was under 1 GB, and I knew the drive needs to be about 15% free (~1.4GB) in case I want to defrag
As for my memory situation? The C drive has a total size of 9.43 GB, its file system is NTFS, and there's currently about 1.3 GB free. If you mean RAM, I don't know where to check that.
Thanks very much to the both of you. You have put my mind at ease that I will probably be able to recover my data regardless of the problem. I'll let you know what the actual problem was when I find out.