View Full Version : WOH!! A super hidden directory!

10-19-2002, 02:08 PM
I got a problem. This is actually bugging me even though its not my computer. Its my brother's computer. Today he decided to install a demo of need for speed hot pursuit 2 and he made a mistake and uninstalled it, but it didn't uninstall the demo it deleted the entire games directory. But its not totally gone. THe space that it takes up (a few gig) IS STILL THERE! The shortcuts pointing to the games don't work. The files can't be found. And when turning hidden files on they are not there. What's up?

10-19-2002, 02:15 PM
This is just an update. He went into the folder just to see something. And he found to folders. One called half life the other called GTA3. ANd in those folders was just the main application. Now I'm really confused. I told him to scan for viruses hopefully one will show cause then we will know what's going on. Any ideas?

10-19-2002, 03:15 PM

10-19-2002, 03:21 PM
forgot that......xp pro.

10-19-2002, 05:11 PM
Are the files in the recycle bin?

10-19-2002, 05:15 PM
nope can't even be found in dos.

10-19-2002, 05:34 PM
If it uses FAT32 try this:

DL and unzip this (http://members.optushome.com.au/andy_lee01/rescue_disk.zip) file (virus scan too if you don't trust me ;) ) and run rescue.exe, try to dland unzip it to another hard drive in the comp if you can

If NTFS i can't help you :(

10-19-2002, 05:43 PM
Actually, it's a hidden directory, because microsoft deems that it's a "protected operating system file" (you can chose to unhide it by looking through your folder options) it's part of window's backup... u can remove this feature by disabling system restore in your system properties tab. (or u can just lower hte max amount of HDD space it takes)

10-19-2002, 05:53 PM
well I just now unchecked "hide operating system protected files" and nothing showed up. Is this what you ment?

10-19-2002, 06:14 PM
Here's a utility you can try:


10-19-2002, 06:27 PM
under /drive:/System Volume Information/

10-19-2002, 06:39 PM
system volume information. Never gonna find it in there. If I disable the system restore it'll delete it all anyway....

Ok bigjackusa I downloaded this utility and I'll try it out later I guess. I'll keep yuh updated with teh results.

10-21-2002, 10:39 AM
ok heres a small update I guess...the files could still not be found its like there gone just still taking up space. I'm just making a small guess but I'm figuring if he goes ahead and reinstalls the games they might overwrite there original hidden files? So if that were the case he'd be able to use his games again and all will be good. HOWEVER if he reinstalls the games and it takes up EXTRA space that would mean he has double copies of each game and only one copy is actually usable. In that case I don't know what to do. Other then the extreme side but I guess one of the last solutions is to format? :?:

10-21-2002, 03:54 PM
well, that or you can probably wait it out (if it IS system restore, after a couple of weeks or so the smace will probably be free) one thing i've noticed about system restore thou, it usually compresses the information, so it might not be your problem at all

10-21-2002, 04:29 PM
have you tried a scandisk in case its a filesystem fault?

10-21-2002, 10:24 PM
nope didn't think it would actually do anything. I'll do that I guess. Not sure if it'll actually work even if it does detect errors but I'll give it a go.

10-24-2002, 01:15 PM
yeah run chkdisk, i think if u have tweakui or xteq theres an option to make the os run chkdisk on next boot...

it sound more like the drive is misreporting free space, this is usually fixed by scandisk/chkdisk

10-25-2002, 07:09 AM
chkdsk didn't fix anything although I will try scandisk.

10-27-2002, 11:59 AM
If standard chkdsk doesn't work, perhaps try chkdsk /r, it seems to fix some things that chkdsk usually cannot. (IE 0x000000E stop errors etc)

10-29-2002, 09:09 AM

Format c: /q

That'll free up allllll the space you need :D

Seriously though, that's pretty jacked up. Maybe you could do a system search and specify all files larger than, say 500MB. If there's a single file that big it'll point to its location. I've had instances where MS decided it needed to stick a 1.5GB junk file in 'C:\wherever' that it didnt feel like telling me about.

10-30-2002, 05:52 AM
Have you tried Eraser (http://www.tolvanen.com/eraser/)? It will permanently erase all free space on your drive. It takes a while if you do your whole HD, I usually do mine about once a quarter or so. Maybe it will help............still a cool Free app though!


newer version here: http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/