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My Old Documents

I have Windows XP SP2. When it totally crashed, I did a re-install of Windows via the Windows disk I got from Dell. (I have a Dell Dimension 3000, 3 GHz Pentium 4 processor, 512 MBs of RAM, a 40 GB Windows hard drive and a 200 GB hard drive for extra storage.) When I started my (relatively) brand-new system, it could not open my old "My Documents" which I later learned was due to an encryption thing that Windows does. Knowing that I had backed up all the data I needed, I deleted the "My Documents" folder...or at least tried to. I don't know what happened, but after moving the 200 GB hard drive to an external holder, the folder "My Documents" (the old one) became corrupt...Windows could not open it, even when I changed the access properties in Safe Mode. In the properties dialog box, it tells me that the space is 0, with no folders or files. No file recovery program could see what's in it, but I did get a whole bunch of files that I never knew existed in the folder F:\Recovered which was a hidden folder that I could not see at all in Windows Explorer. In My Computer it still tells me that the space occupied by my old My Documents was taken up (the folder was about 100 GBs, and I would notice a difference between 20 GBs free and 120GBs.) (I had Program Files on the drive too, which accounts for the difference.) I would really like to free up those 100 GBs, as I'm in no position to buy a new hard drive. (Where I live they're wicked expensive and shipping from an online order is about as expensive as the hard drive itself.) If anyone can help that would really be appreciated. Thanks.

P.S. If I can still recover those files, I would also like that.
P.P.S. I actually used a file shredder to try and wipe the folder...I did a single pass, but the opertion only took about 10 seconds...10 seconds to wipe 100 GBs? Doesn't seem right. It didn't clear the space anyway.

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