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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by DKTaber, Apr 7, 2010.

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  1. DKTaber

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    Today I copied a large folder containing multiple Access databases, Excel workbooks, Word docs, etc. to a totally blank jump drive like I have done 100s of times before. But for the first time in my 'computer life', which started in 1980(!), a file appeared on it with the name EA DATA.SF. Googling the file told me that it was a system file and had something to do with Extended Attributes (whatever that is). But the file is protected; attempts to delete it, even using the command prompt and first removing all attributes (attrib -h -s -r ea*.sf) does not allow it to be deleted.

    The Google search showed many cases like this, but none where there was a clear, easy way to delete the file. My questions are:
    • What is this file for/what does it do?
    • Why am I seeing it for the first time in 30 years?
    • How can I delete it. . . or SHOULD I delete it?
     
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    I did. . . and immediately thereafter, copied the same folder to the jump drive. . . and the EA DATA.SF file appeared again. So even after reformatting, as soon as I copy a large folder to it, the EA file is recreated.

    This is an OS/2 file, and why it appears when the OS is Win XP is beyond me. But at this point, I'm just going to accept that it's going to be there.
     
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    Addendum to my last post: I did an experiment where I first formatted the jump drive, then copied a large (zip) FILE to it. When I did that, no EA DATA.SF file appeared. I then erased that file and copied a FOLDER with multiple subfolders (quite complex) to the drive. EA DATA.SF appeared. Formatted the drive again and copied a very simple folder (few files, no sub-folders) to it. EA DATA.SF again appeared. So it apparently happens only when I copy a folder to the drive, not when I just copy files. ?????????
     
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