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Within the Windows\System32 folder are hundreds of files and folders that comprise Windows itself. One set of folders is about language and location.
Why do I have a 45Gb folder - C:\Windows\system32\1025 - where no files show up? It is killing my 75Gb disk (only about 5Gb user data).
I don't know why there's 45Gb there, but we'll look at a couple of options that might be hiding whatever's taking up that space from sight.
I'll also look at what that folder, and some similar companion folders, are.
If you look in System32 on a Windows XP system you'll actually see several folders that are nothing but numbers:
Volume in drive C is NOTENQUAD
Volume Serial Number is E852-AA62
Directory of C:\WINDOWS\system32
11/28/2009 09:53 AM <DIR> .
11/28/2009 09:53 AM <DIR> ..
04/03/2008 05:58 PM <DIR> 1025
04/03/2008 05:58 PM <DIR> 1028
04/03/2008 05:58 PM <DIR> 1031
04/03/2008 05:58 PM <DIR> 1033
04/03/2008 05:58 PM <DIR> 1037
04/03/2008 05:58 PM <DIR> 1041
04/03/2008 05:58 PM <DIR> 1042
04/03/2008 05:58 PM <DIR> 1054
04/03/2008 05:58 PM <DIR> 2052
04/03/2008 05:58 PM <DIR> 3076
Those numbers are locale codes - where a locale is defined by Microsoft as "...either a language or a language in combination with a country."
Locale 1033 is United States / English.
Locale 1025, the one you appear to be having issues with, is Arabic / Saudi Arabia.
Clearly Windows uses these folders to store locale specific information - to what purpose, and under what conditions I don't know, but the folder names are a pretty clear indication of the relationship.
I have no idea why your machine would have 45 gigabytes of data stored in a folder with the Saudi Arabia locale code. Especially since you're in Sweden.
But I do have least one suggestion to gather more information.
If the folder actually does contain 45 gigabytes of data, and yet appears empty when you look into it, it's likely that the contents are simply marked hidden.
There are two approaches to viewing hidden files.
Fire up a Windows Command prompt, and enter the following commands, each followed by Enter:
The first "dir" will display the "directory", or list of files contained within the folder that are not marked as hidden. The second "dir", including the "/a:h" parameter, will display those files that have the hidden attribute.
Alternately, we can change the option in Windows Explorer to display hidden and system files:
In Windows Explorer:
Click on the Tools menu.
Click on the Folder Options item.
Click on the View tab.
In the Advanced Settings box select Show hidden files and folders and uncheck Hide extensions for known file types as well as Hide protected operating system files.
Now navigate to C:\windows\system32\1025 and see what may have been hidden before.
The goal with either approach above is to simply reveal what may have been hidden. Hopefully, some file or files totaling 45 gigabytes will become visible, and give you a clue as to what's going on, or why.
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