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Removing Duplicates

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 How do I make the decision regarding which duplicate file to remove from my H/D? I am trying to clean up this 98se machine so my wife can use it. One H/D is full to capacity ( I thought there was a Win386.swp problem, but it appears to be full of duplicate files. TIA

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 There are files I wish to keep D:\. The program assisting me in identifing the duplicates provides an excessive amound of information, leaving me here trying to decide which file is safe ot remove. Are there guide lines posted that would help me correctly decide, and I am beginning to think that I don't need window system files on any other drive other than C:??  Thanks

Bob
if the windows installation on C: is the one that you are currently using then you should not need any other files except for the ones on the C drive. did you try running %sytemroot%? i'm interested to know which folder your installation is in, you dont want to delete the wrong one. if you delete the files on the d drive then there SHOULD be no problems, but keep in mind we are dealing with computers here and anything can happen. it would probably be a good idea to back up any files you dont want to lose before deleteing any files that the OS could possibly be using.

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I am going about this a little backwards. There are a lot of duplicates, The H/D (D:\) filled up to capacity for reasons unknown to me. I have set the swp file size to 250 min 400 max. No relief so I thought to go after the duplicate files.
I can't move anymore program files.

"Could not find %systemroot% or one of its components) make sure the path and file name are correct and that all required libraries are available." Is the error message I get back when trying to run the %systemroot%

Bob
the swap file is simply a portion of your hard drive that your computer uses as memory, adjusting that would not free up space on the hard drive.

i guess %systemroot% doesn't work in windows 98, try %windir% instead.

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%windir% brings up C:\windows.  

Trying a new duplicate locator "NoClone".
Bob
ok, as long as you DONT delete anything thats on the C drive then you should be ok. if you completely wipe the D drive then everything should still work fine, but keep in mind that backing it up before you delete cant hurt.

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Thank you for your help. I have had lots of problems recently with this box. My Printer causes crashes when it is invoked, believed to be a problem with mmsystem.dll. Still working trying to correct that. Thought I would clean the junk and the duplicates off. Copy what I really needed, and then go to work on  the mmsystem problem. Thanks

Bob

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When you "delete" the files just leave them in the recycle bin and reboot the computer a few times and check your installed programs to be sure everything works fine, then empty the recycle bin and go clean (delete) more files. The best way to do this is to only delete a few at a time (5 to 10) and test by rebooting and running different programs to be sure they work.


Also since HD are at their lowest prices ever then maybe it is time to upgrade the computer to a bigger HD.
theres probably thousands of files in the windows folder, deleting them 5-10 at a time would take forever. also, the system could become unstable with the files in the recycle bin and you could be forced to have to format the hard drive and reinstall windows, if you did have to do that then having the files in the recyce bin would do you no good.

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debonair23
I was suggesting a safe method of deleting the files, you are allowed to have your own opinion but please don't tell someone the best way to cripple their system is to delete all the files at one time. So far it appears you are having trouble even understanding the problem and shouldn't be passing off bad advice as being helpful.
read my previous posts, i reccomended a backup multiple times. nowhere have i made any suggestions that would "cripple their system" as you put it...

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debonair23
Look I didn't start an attack on you, you were the one who went off topic and started this, please refrain from directing any comments towards me or about me.
Thank you
i never attacked you or said anything about you, i'm simply clearing up a misunderstanding. if they deleted 5-10 files at a time and put them in the recycle bin then things would go very slow and there would be a greater chance that things would get messed up. sorry if it seemed like i'm attacking you or something, that wasn't my intention. oh, and out of curiosity, what do you mean by i went off topic?
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There is no deletion rule that can assure 100% you are not making a mistake.

As a safety precaution, you should place the deleted files in a backup disk. That will allow you to restore any you may need in the future.

If, after a couple of weeks, everything runs smoothly... you made it the right way!
;-)

Zee

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blue zee
  t hat will do the trick. Thank you.

Bob
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Bob,

You're welcome.

Good luck.

Zee
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