Cannot reclaim my disc space

quikzilver

New Member
I used eraser 5.7 to erase and overwrite unused disc space. When finished, my free disc space reduced from 10 GB to 2 GB.
First I tried uninstalling the program to see if there is any effect. Then I tried deleting the file erafswd.tmp but with no result.
How can I get my free space back? Any advice welcome.
Thank you.
 

Joel

Active Member
What operating system are you on? If you are using Vista you should be using 5.8.7 and NOT 5.7 - you'll have a problem like this when you do a cluster tip erasure (because of file system permissions). You also need to run Eraser as an administrator there (right click the shortcut | Run as administrator)

Joel
 

quikzilver

New Member
I'm on XP... and yes, I did a cluster tip erasure. But how can I restore my space. I've run out of ideas. I tried running Eraser again, without the cluster tip option, but nothing happened. I also tried all of the options described in the FAQ http://heidi.ie/eraser/faq.php - NOTHING WORKED.
So do I have to format my drive to get the space back?
 

Joel

Active Member
Have you tried cleaning up old system restore entries?

Joel
 

quikzilver

New Member
My system restore is turned off. So I have no system restore entries. Any other ideas?
 

Joel

Active Member
Can you use the Search functionality to find which file is the largest? Try to list all the files on your drive to see which file is using the most space. There is an open bug with Eraser that states that the program may hang when erasing certain kinds of files under XP - the result will be that the file bring erased (cluster tip or otherwise, IIRC) will be growing huge and Eraser will hang. Did you monitor the progress of the erase or did you let it run overnight?

Joel
 

quikzilver

New Member
Already tried finding the largest files. Didn't find anything.
I didn't monitor the process.
I've really tried every possible way there is I think :lol:
 

Joel

Active Member
If you've deleted erafswd.tmp then I can't really think of any other methods of solving this problem, sorry.

Joel
 
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