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Windows 7: Can you have too many File000.Chk, Desktop.ini and Thumbs.db?

03 Apr 2013   #1
Melissa

Windows 7 Home Professional 64bit
 
 
Can you have too many File000.Chk, Desktop.ini and Thumbs.db?

Dear Forum,

I am just trying to get back on my feet. Have to go back into surgery to tweek some more cognitive signs so that I can complete my restart to my computer from start.


I am just wondering with all the moving that I have done to clear my desktop - can you have too many File000.chk, desktop.ini and Thumbs.db on your desktop?

I am not too sure of all of there functions or if they get recreated in the file that you perhaps did or did not move the contents too?

I will posting a couple of other general easy questions as I know I am a pain in the backside




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03 Apr 2013   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

The files ending in CHK are the result of checking the hard drive for errors. It does not necessarily mean that the is anything wrong with the hard drive itself, but something caused parts of a file to get lost - perhaps a power outage.

You can delete the thumb.db files - they may come back.

Leave the desktop.ini files alone.
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03 Apr 2013   #3
nilank

 

IMO, deleting the thumbs.db files can slow down file browsing in explorer a bit because icon cache needs to be rebuilt which requires reading off the disk. Thumbs.db file stores a cache of all icons in a folder, so that they can be displayed in an instant.
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03 Apr 2013   #4
Melissa

Windows 7 Home Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the asistance - especially with deleting the thumbs.db - I did not have a clue what file they related too.

If they are going to cause any issues - I will not delete them for sure.

I will marked as solved as I have many other silly questions.

Thank you
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03 Apr 2013   #5
nilank

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melissa View Post
Thanks for the asistance - especially with deleting the thumbs.db - I did not have a clue what file they related too.

If they are going to cause any issues - I will not delete them for sure.

I will marked as solved as I have many other silly questions.

Thank you

Yes. Don't delete those .db files. They are there for good!

And there's nothing to be silly, it's great to see you having so much interest in learning stuff!
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03 Apr 2013   #6
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nilank View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melissa View Post
Thanks for the asistance - especially with deleting the thumbs.db - I did not have a clue what file they related too.

If they are going to cause any issues - I will not delete them for sure.

I will marked as solved as I have many other silly questions.

Thank you

Yes. Don't delete those .db files. They are there for good!

And there's nothing to be silly, it's great to see you having so much interest in learning stuff!
...but you are telling the OP to delete them in this post:
http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...ml#post2349791
CCleaner deletes them by default.
Even the native Windows 7 Disk Cleanup applet deletes them by default.

These files do not always (if ever) clean themselves up. They keep thumbnails of photos that are no longer on the network share or local drive. It does not hurt to delete them every once in a while and let them be rebuilt fresh.
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03 Apr 2013   #7
nilank

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nilank View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melissa View Post
Thanks for the asistance - especially with deleting the thumbs.db - I did not have a clue what file they related too.

If they are going to cause any issues - I will not delete them for sure.

I will marked as solved as I have many other silly questions.

Thank you

Yes. Don't delete those .db files. They are there for good!

And there's nothing to be silly, it's great to see you having so much interest in learning stuff!
...but you are telling the OP to delete them in this post:
http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...ml#post2349791
CCleaner deletes them by default.
Even the native Windows 7 Disk Cleanup applet deletes them by default.
Oh, that was my bad. Actually I have them unchecked at both the places. I have see deleting them does slow down file explorer since icon cache is rebuilt as soon as you open up a folder (which you can see as icons coming up one by one, though rapidly, but causes disk trashing, whereas if cache is already there, ALL icons appear in an instant, so the second case is always better).
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04 Apr 2013   #8
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

As long as people understand that deleting them causes no harm, then we're good :-)

Yes, user might see a one time slow down until the next time they delete them :-(
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07 Apr 2013   #9
Melissa

Windows 7 Home Professional 64bit
 
 

Just trying to get my head around CCleaner and what modules are safe to use.
Most people swear by it and love that I does it automatically.
I have been told not to use the registry section of it.

Have any of you users utilised this program and can advise me safely how to use it?

Thanks to you both - I feel better about my actions on Windows
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07 Apr 2013   #10
reasra

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Safely? I doubt you could be too unsafe with ccleaner. I've used it since it was version 1.2 and always used it to clean the registry on a monthly basis. It just looks for obvious stuff. Like a dynamic library pointer to a location that doesn't exist anymore or a file extension that isn't being used.

As far as how to use it: just check all the boxes except for those places where you want your OS to remember stuff. Like if you use chrome on a daily basis and remember 10 different logins, then uncheck some chrome boxes. If you use IE for online banking, feel free to clear everything on IE a little more often for added security (in case your bank has some sloppy code that leaves a session open).

I've recommended it's use to dozens of friends and family and heard no complaints.
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