Can files from my C drive bleed through to other drives?

So i have 3 hard drives C, F, H

C drive is my main with my OS, F is my old HD from my last pc that i just keep for storage if i need it and my H drive is were i store all my media.

Today i noticed my F drive has 50GB of used space, This drive has been unused for just about 2 years, I open the drive and nothing is shown in there.

So i went to reformat the drive but a warning told me that this drive is being used by another program.

So i started looking at my disk activity in system resources and i started seeing stuff popping up for my F and H drive, Ill put a screen shot below, I dont know what any of these files are im not that in depth with PCs

One of the thing i saw is something called pagefile.sys i googled that and its something to do with reducing the workload of the physical memory, And that this file is usually on the C drive so whats it doing on a drive i never use?

And what would happen if i removed or just said screw it and reformatted the drive would that trash my system?

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7 Answers

  • 8 months ago

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  • keerok
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    You couldn't format F: probably because the File Manager that you used to look into it is still open. Close it then go to Control Panel-System Administration-Disk Management. Format from there.

    Bleeding doesn't happen. Either someone else used your computer and saved files there or some rogue program is doing something fishy with your computer.

  • 9 months ago

    Manually placed files will not, but the machine operating system will put its own temporary files in places that appear to give fastest access.

    Windows often puts pagefiles on other drives - it means they can be accessed simultaneously with things on C: so the overall machine runs faster.

    Plus each "volume" (drive letter labelled partition) has files created during formatting, the main index directory (the MFT in windows ntfs format drives) and various usage / allocation tables, plus a journal file in more advanced filesystems.

    All filesystems have indexes and data tables, even if they are not obvious, to allow the stored files to be located and free/used sectors of the drive to be tracked. 

    That is a fundamental of how such storage systems operate.

  • 9 months ago

    ok so

    1. files cant "leak" between partitions or drives

    2. those $files are used to store basic info about the file system on the drive (they have to exist on each drive with that file type (ntfs))

    3. the page file can be spread between multiple drives (to spread the space usage around)

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  • 9 months ago

    i would hope not, just ask about it at a computer store

  • Pete L
    Lv 6
    9 months ago

    It is never a good idea to cherry pick parts of the system that don't seem to be of any use, for deletion, the system uses that space for various system functions and using it for temporary memory when ram is full up. Just leave it alone.

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    no, the page file is vital to your system. you cant erase it. it shrinks and grows. everything is fine. 

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