Answer found whilst poking aound. In properties "compress drive to save disk space was checked. Unchecking changed blue to black.
But whatis the , now 190MB taken up with?
I had 2 160GB drives as D and E on my old XP Pro PC and have just replaced one of them with a brand new 1TB drive, the idea being to use this as a third archive back-up (the second is on an external hard drive). I've successfully initialized it and formatted it. It shows up in My Computer as New Volume E, as expected. But the font is blue for some reason. I've read that this is because it contains compressed files but to my knowledge it contains none at all, it went in straight from the box. It does show 176 MB as used , however, in 'Properties'. I've moved a few files into it as a test and these also appear in a blue font.
Have I stuffed up somewhere? Can I re-do some sort of initialization/partition/format to rectify this? A small point I know, if the drive is otherwise 100% OK - but niggling!