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Windows 7: Can I safely delete these files?

27 Jan 2012   #1
StickMaker

Windows 7
 
 
Can I safely delete these files?

Windows 7, Home Premium

Is it safe to delete .fts, .gid, .grp, .old, .000, .$$$, .log, .$DB, .DB$, . (3 hyphens), .prv, .wbk, ~$*, .tmp, .asd and .DMP files?

I deleted some other files thinking they were safe to delete, and now all my Windows Live Mail messages and Storage Folders were gone. Can't recall what they were and I don't see them in the Recycle bin.

Thank you


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27 Jan 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Are you suffering from a severe lack of hard drive space? Just wondering why you feel the need to delete those files?

Have you run Disk Cleanup?
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27 Jan 2012   #3
StickMaker

Windows 7
 
 

Yes, hard drive space is running a bit low and I don't want to buy another one just yet.
Yes, I did the Cleanup.
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27 Jan 2012   #4
marsmimar

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As you've seen, deleting the wrong files can have unwanted consequences. If you're not sure what a particular file extension is (the .xxx part) you could always use a 3rd party database like Filext.

FILExt - The File Extension Source

In searching for .gid (just as an example) I found out it's a Windows Help Index File. Is it safe to remove? I have no idea so if it was me, I'd leave it alone.
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27 Jan 2012   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'd run something like WinDirStat to see exactly what is taking up space.

Have you investigated the drive space devoted to System Restore and Page File?

Have you turned off hibernation if you don't use it?
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27 Jan 2012   #6
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

how much is a bit low ,because when your hardrive gets so low your computer will offer to clear some space for you and it wont delete important files.
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27 Jan 2012   #7
StickMaker

Windows 7
 
 

thanks, all, maybe I got a bit carried away with "spring cleaning" and it isn't even spring yet. No big deal.
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28 Jan 2012   #8
OldMX

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
 
 

Next time run CCleaner with everything but the wipe free space option checked and call it a day.
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28 Jan 2012   #9
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

I think you can delete .old, .log, .fts and .tmp files absolutely safely. And it should perhaps be quite safe to delete .gid and .$$$ files.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by StickMaker View Post
Windows 7, Home Premium

Is it safe to delete .fts, .gid, .grp, .old, .000, .$$$, .log, .$DB, .DB$, . (3 hyphens), .prv, .wbk, ~$*, .tmp, .asd and .DMP files?

I deleted some other files thinking they were safe to delete, and now all my Windows Live Mail messages and Storage Folders were gone. Can't recall what they were and I don't see them in the Recycle bin.

Thank you
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30 Jan 2012   #10
Pete4

win7hp64
 
 

.DMP usually stands for memory or screen dump, most likely due to error and therefore safe to delete as well.
.ASD could be Word document and .PRV some type of backup?
you really need to know what the extension stands for before deleting anything as it could create major issues, as you already found out.
.log and .tmp files could be tricky to delete, those are temporary and log files and if they are being written by application at the moment of deletion, you get error message saying so.
probably using MS disc cleaning option or CCleaner are safer to use than looking for files yourself.
For example there is whole bunch of garbage in your internet cache with all different types of extensions all ready to be deleted.
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