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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Bevysr, Dec 30, 2001.

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  1. Bevysr

    Bevysr Thread Starter

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    Since its not possible to delete the index.dat file, is there a way to empty the file? It stores all the cookies, history & temp internet files eeven though I delete all those files each time I leave the internet. It takes up a lot of storage & memory. I have windows 98.
    Thanks,
    Bev
     
  2. DoyceJ

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    The index.dat file, is exactly that, an index into your cookie folder. It is part of the IE architecture and provides faster access to the files. You will also find one in \History and \Temporary Internet Files.
    Since they are always in use, they can not be deleted from windows.
    But, over time these files grow, even though the files in the folders are deleted.
    To completely delete the files and have them rebuilt, restart to DOS and enter


    smartdrv
    deltree/y history
    deltree/y cookies
    deltree/y tempor~1
    exit
     
  3. Emtronics

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    I posted 1 minute after Doyce. I edited my post as what DoyceJ posted is correct. Sorry
     
  4. DoyceJ

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    You're just rusty. :)
     
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  6. DoyceJ

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    Yea I know. I was real surprised, when I tried the program Spider, at what it found.
     
  7. DoyceJ

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    Hey Rockn, have you tried your second link?
     
  8. Topazz

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    Excuse me for butting in on this thread, but I was wondering if the deltree trick can be used on Windows ME? I am asking on behalf of someone else who wishes to know.

    Also the Spider program -- can that run on Win ME too?

    Thank you!
     
  9. DoyceJ

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    Bevysr-Just type it exactly as it is and you will be fine. Depending on the amount that is being deleted, it may just take a few moments before you get the next C: prompt to continue. This works very well with 98.

    Topazz- I dont see why the Spider program couldnt be. Here is the link to the thread. With ME, the deltree thing is a little more complicated. You have to use the ME disc to access DOS. I am not familiar enough to give the steps and darned if I cant find my notes. Here is an article though.
     
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