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Recycle bin filled with .bak files

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by stelb, Dec 29, 2006.

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  1. stelb

    stelb Thread Starter

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    When I checked my recycle bin I found approximately 60 files with the extension ".bak". I realize they are backup files, but I have no idea how they got there.I never deleted them. Can someone explain please? Thanks!
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  2. WyldStallyyn

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    Some programs, like WordPerfect, automatically keep a backup of your files, and each time it creates a new backup, it will automatically delete the older backup and send it to the Recycle Bin.

    If you right click on one of the bak files, you should be able to look under Properties and see what "type" of file it is.
     
  3. Knotbored

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    Outlook express also compacts folders and when it did I ended up with a bunch of folders.bak in my recycle bin also. I don't recall older Outlook express doing this, but new PC has done it twice in a month.
    Yjese had the same name as folders I used to seperate emails, and didn't affect the way the folders now open.
     
  4. crjdriver

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    Moved to win2k / xp forum. You will get more response.
     
  5. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    When you look in the Recycle bin, what is the Original Location for these files? And the Date Deleted?

    This should give you some clue as to where they came from and what may have caused the deletion.
     
  6. stelb

    stelb Thread Starter

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    Whitfil,
    The date all these files were deleted was 12/28/06. The original location is Documents and Settings; however, when I right click on Properties it says "origin:Outlook Express." Date modified is 12/24. Now I'm questioning myself as to whether I deleted them. They wouldn't automatically delete - would they?
     
  7. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    No they shouldn't be "automatically" deleting.

    Restore one from the bin and open it with Notepad/Wordpad and see if there are any identifying info.

    BTW the extension is BAK, what is one of the file names?
     
  8. stelb

    stelb Thread Starter

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    When I restore a file it does not give me the option to open it with Notepad or Wordpad. It merely puts it back it back in Outlook Express. Then I can open it and delete it again (for good) if necessary.
    One of the file names is verio.bak
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  9. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Where do you see it in Outlook??
    As an email??
     
  10. stelb

    stelb Thread Starter

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    No, they are in my local folders.
     
  11. WyldStallyyn

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    Outlook has an option that will automatically delete email messages after a certain time interval has passed.
     
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