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Which files can I SAFELY delete?

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  1. welsh-jon

    welsh-jon Thread Starter

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    :confused: Hi folks, please could someone remind me which files I can safely delete from the find files and folders tool. I want to free up some space. I know of (*.tmp) and (*.bak) Is there a comprehensive list of other file types?
    Thanks,
    Jon
     
  2. brendandonhu

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    If you delete *.bak, you will lose a bunch of your backup files. Most of them will just get recreated anyway.

    You can also delete
    *.gid
    *.chk
    *.fts
    *.001, *.002, etc, until there are none of these files left.

    What OS are you running? If Windows 95/98/ME, you can delete the following
    c:\Recycled\*.*
    c:\Windows\Tempor~1\*.*
    c:\Windows\History\*.*
    c:\Temp\*.*
    c:\Windows\Intern~1\*.*
    c:\windows\cookies\*.*
    c:\Windows\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

    There are programs like ccleaner that will do this kind of thing for you as well.
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I'm not sure I'd delete all the 001, 002, etc files unless you know what you're deleting. Deleting all the cookies will also lose all the site logins, like this one, so you'll have to enter it again.

    Also, the list presented appears to be a 9x or ME list, since stuff like cookies, temp files, and Internet history don't appear in those locations for 2K/XP.
     
  4. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

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    There's no reason to delete any temp files unless you're experiencing a specific problem that is resolved by deleting them.
     
  5. brendandonhu

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    He wants to free up space...hence deleting temp files.
     
  6. Telstar

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    Here's a suggestion...

    I use this procedure frequently to recover disk space...
    you'll regain much, especially the first time you run it.

    Find Junk Files 1.31
    Five separate scans will find:
    Junk files.exe
    Find Dead Links v1.10
    Find Empty Folders v1.10
    Strip Zip Comments v1.10
    Folder Space v1.10
    (it will not delete Folders that are vital to your system...it will ask for your "OK" not to delete them)

    After which run...CCleaner 1.21.130

    **Defrag

    **Reboot

    P.S. check your Free Space before and after to see how much space you were able to recover.

    Also, a good idea to be sure you have a recent System Restore Point as a precaution.

    :)
     
  7. welsh-jon

    welsh-jon Thread Starter

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    Thanks folks, I'm using Windows 98 se and like it!
    Jon
     
  8. stantley

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    I also use find junk files, which comes with a list of different file types that it looks for. Here are some more, which you may or may not find useful depending on what software you have.

    *.old Files ...Backup Files
    *.sav Files ...Backup Files.

    *.cnt
    *.diz
    *.doc
    *.GID
    *.lic
    *.query

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    Below is an extensive list of TEMP and Junk Files I compiled for you. You might find it useful.

    TEMP and Junk Files:

    *.000 .....sequential file in split Zip archive?
    *.001 .....sequential file in split Zip archive?
    *.002 .....sequential file in split Zip archive?
    *.1st .....(system.1st is a Windows diagnostic file)
    *.$$$ .....MS-DOS Temporary Files
    *.&db .....Temporary Files (dBASE IV)
    *.--- .....Setup Temporary Files
    *.?$? .....Temporary Files(st Reader)
    *.?~? .....Temporary Files
    *.MS ......Microsoft Product Backup Files
    *.^ .......Temporary Files
    *.__ ......Temporary Files
    *._dd .....Lost Cluster Files
    *._detmp ..Temporary Files
    *.mp ......Temporary Files
    *.bak .....Backup Files
    *.b~k .....Backup File, some text editors
    *.bk ......Backup File
    *.bk? .....Potential junk
    chklist.* .Lost Cluster Files
    *.chk .....Lost Cluster Log Files
    *.cpy .....Backup Files
    *.db$ .....Temporary Files (dBASE)
    *.dmp .....Potential junk
    *.edb .....Exchange Server store (a database)
    *.err .....Error File
    *.fic .....Potential junk
    *.fnd .....Find Result Files
    *.ftg .....Word List File of *.HLP
    *.fts .....Word List File of *.HLP
    *.gid .....Windows Help Index Files
    *.nav .....Backup Files
    *.nu3 .....Symantec Backup File
    *.old .....Backup Files
    *.prv .....Backup Files (bootlog.prv: Windows diagnostic file)
    *.sav .....Backup File.
    *.sdi .....Archive Content File
    *.sik .....Potential junk
    *.spc .....Temporary Files (WordPerfect for Windows)
    *.syd .....Backup Files
    *.temp ....Temporary Files
    *.tmp .....Temporary Files
    *.wbk .....Word Backup Files
    *.~* ......Temporary Files
    *__ofidx*.* .....Microsoft Find Fast Indexer File
    *.license.txt ...Potential junk
    *install*.txt ...Potential junk
    *.log.txt .......Log Files Windows diagnostic files
    *modemlog.txt ...Windows Modem Log File
    *order*.txt .....Potential junk
    readme.txt ...Potential junk
    *whatsnew*.txt ...Potential junk
    0*.nch ...........Temporary Files created by MS Outlook Express
    ABEND.LOG ........Novell Abend Log
    anti-vir.dat .....Created by F-Prot Anti-Virus
    eula.txt .........Microsoft end-user license agreement
    file_id.diz ......Description of Shareware
    ghosterr.txt .....Norton Ghost Error File
    iebak.dat ........Internet Explorer Junk File
    modemdet.txt .....Windows Diagnostic File
    msoe.txt .........Readme for Microsoft Outlook(TM) Express
    mssecure.xml .....Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer File
    pq_debug.txt .....PowerQuest PartitionInfo file
    pspbrwse.jbf .....Paint Shop Folder Image Information Cache File
    suhdlog.dat ......Windows diagnostic File
    system.st ........Windows diagnostic File
    twain???.mtx .....TWAIN Temporary File

    Borland Temporary Files:

    *.ilc
    *.ild
    *.ilf
    *.ils
    *.tds

    Setup Temporary File:

    mscreate.dir

    Temporary Files:

    *.~*
    *.^*
    *.??$

    Visual Studios Temp Files:

    *.bsc
    *.ilk
    *.res
    *.pch

    WS_FTP Temporary File:

    ws_ftp.log


    *.bmk
    *.cam
    *.cb
    *.cln
    *.cnt
    *.da1
    *.da2
    *.diz
    *.doc
    *.fix
    *.ign
    *.ink
    *.lgc
    *.lge
    *.lic
    *.new
    *.out
    *.par
    *.pvt
    *.query
    *.syd
    *.umb
    *.~mp
    *.!!!
    *.lhx

    =================================
     
  9. DoubleHelix

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    Most temp files will be regenerated as the computer is used. If you're low on disk space, then you need to delete unused programs, unused files, or move files to CD or other storage media.

    There are hundreds of threads here started by people who "cleaned" their computers only to discover they couldn't uninstall or update software. It's just not worth the potential headache when storage costs are so low.
     
  10. clsxmas

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    I'm truly am not trying to be facetious, but is it possible to consider purchasing a larger hard drive? I say this because the comments so far would suggest differences about what to safely delete. If there are space issues with a drive, then why not get a larger drive?
     
  11. Telstar

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    Though your suggestion is not without merit clsxmas, that would be like saying:

    "My apartment is too small for me to walk around in because I have so
    much unuseable furniture (that I'll never use) blocking my path so instead of
    getting rid of that furniture I'll just move into a larger apartment and take all
    that junk furniture with me."


    What welsh-jon wants to do is "free up" disk space on the HD he now has.

    :)
     
  12. clsxmas

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    That was not my intent to recommend that one take the "junk" with them. Note that there were different answers about what "junk" to eliminate. My question now, based on information provided so far, is what files would you plan to eliminate?
     
  13. Kenny94

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    clsxmas wrote: That was not my intent to recommend that one take the "junk" with them. Note that there were different answers about what "junk" to eliminate. My question now, based on information provided so far, is what files would you plan to eliminate?

    All the above....... :D

    Buy a external hard disk drive. And this one will work with Windows98/ME/XP at: http://computershopper.com.com/Smar...0_GB_-_Hi-Speed_USB/4505-3186_7-30908373.html and will give U safe storage.....[​IMG]
     
  14. IamHis

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    what has to be running on windows XP in this Windows Task Manager?? Can you end task on most of these or I guess a better question is what not to end task on?? Thanks, this is great - I have never used it before!
     
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