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Deleting files doesnt free up space on windows 10.

by PhoeniksKiller / July 21, 2016 6:41 AM PDT

I need help.I am deleting files on my pc but this doesnt free u space.I am using : ctrl+Delete butons and the files are not in the thrash.Please help!

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Here's a thing. What drive are you looking at?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2016 6:51 AM PDT

My buddy has a new PC and he was trying to free up space but he was removing files and looking at the C drive. His new PC had one of those small SSDs and the user files which he was deleting was on other than C.

Took a while as they had never owned such a PC before.

Also, try disk cleanup.

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When you delete file in any version of
by orlbuckeye / July 21, 2016 7:11 AM PDT

Use right click and then select delete. When files are deleted they get moved to the recyle bin. Once you deleted them from the recycle bin the space is cleared.

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Didnt you read the whole?
by PhoeniksKiller / July 21, 2016 8:55 AM PDT

I know how to delete.I am not dumb, and I said in the first time, that I am using ctrl+delete, which is the same and the files are not in the recycle bin. I tough that I am clear enough. Sorry, my english is not my official language and I am still learning it.

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Here I use Shift+delete.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2016 9:07 AM PDT

I can't guess what control+delete does. In fact I tested that on W10 and nothing happens.

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My bad
by PhoeniksKiller / July 22, 2016 1:08 AM PDT

You are right.I am using SHIFT+Delete. Sry no CTRL+Delete.My bad.I just had to type fast and I wrote somrthing false.

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by Soak11 / July 21, 2016 11:49 AM PDT

If there not showing up in your trash bin perhaps try to highlight the file & right click then delete it. At that point see if it gets to the trash bin. Perhaps your key was reassigned or the ctrl+delete short cut was reprogrammed or heaven knows what. Just a suggestion.

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defragment drive, do disk cleanup.
by Pillplo / July 21, 2016 11:37 PM PDT

If you have done ctrl+alt+del and donot work, try to defragment drive, do disk cleanup. Try Ccleaner.

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I will try it.
by PhoeniksKiller / July 22, 2016 1:10 AM PDT

Ty you I will try it.

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by PhoeniksKiller / July 22, 2016 1:13 AM PDT

When I started my pc,I had in my C drive 7 mb of 99gb.
Now, I didnt downloaded anything and I have 0 bytes!!!
In my D drive that has 300gb has 289gb free.
I will install that file in the D drive and I will post you something if Ccleaner works.

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Re: c-drive
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 22, 2016 1:47 AM PDT
In reply to: ***

- 7 MB isn't much. Do you mean 7 GB? If you let Windows manage virtual memory, that can easily take a few GB when running. So a difference of 7 MB is totally irrelevant.
- Now download Treesize Free from and use it to see what folders all your files are in. Compare a few days, and you'll what grows.
- How big is your c:-drive (total and free)?
- Why don't you use your d:-drive to store things?
- What files are you deleting that keep using space without being in the recycle bin?
- Did you change the max size for the system restore area from the default 50% to a few GB?
- Did you use all features of the disk cleanup wizard already?

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C drive
by Bob__B / July 22, 2016 2:24 AM PDT
In reply to: ***

After you have run disk cleanup and ccleaner consider bringing down system restore size a notch.

Consider removing or shrinking partition D and adding it's size to partition C so that you end up with a fat C partition.

Partition wizard free works well for this.

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