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Windows 7: What is a dump file?

22 Mar 2012   #1
x BlueRobot

 
What is a dump file?

I've heard the term memory dump file or dump file being used? I was wondering what it means?

I've gathered that it may be something to do with error messages or errors.


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22 Mar 2012   #2
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Stuff in RAM automatically gets wiped when you shut down or reboot. The dump file saves that info to your hard drive when the system crashes so you can analyze it after rebooting and are up and running again.

For a once-in-a-blue-moon BSOD a person might not care. When BSODs get to be a frequent event it makes it worth analyzing the problem so you can put an end to it.
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22 Mar 2012   #3
quickdraw2011

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Stuff in RAM automatically gets wiped when you shut down or reboot. The dump file saves that info to your hard drive when the system crashes so you can analyze it after rebooting and are up and running again.

For a once-in-a-blue-moon BSOD a person might not care. When BSODs get to be a frequent event it makes it worth analyzing the problem so you can put an end to it.
Read this, as well

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22 Mar 2012   #4
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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24 Mar 2012   #5
x BlueRobot

 

Thanks for all the posts guys! (:
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24 Mar 2012   #6
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You're welcome!
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