Emptied hard drive is not really empty!
I have two hard drives in my PC. The second one contains all my stuff (pics, music, video, letters, etc). I back this up onto an external hard drive once a month. The PC has a partially filled 300GB drive, and until this week, the backup was 200GB. I have now upgraded this to 300GB so the original & backup are the same size (hard drives are fantastically cheap now).
I just deleted the 200GB backup as I am going to sell it as a blank disc. I bypassed the recycle bin by highlighting all the folders and pressed Shift/Delete. The explorer window emptied - all the folders and files disappeared.
However, when I go to My computer & right-click on the drive, it says 5GB is used.
There are no hidden folders as my PC is set to show them.
I defragmented the drive and it said it was moving file A0121559.exe. What is this and why doesn't it show up in the drive's explorer window? There should be no program files anyway as these are all on the C drive.
No doubt deleting the partition & formatting the drive will completely wipe it, but what are these 5GB’s worth of files and why don’t the show themselves?