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Windows 7: 28,542 TMP files and Disk Cleaner no help.

23 Jan 2016   #21
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Stevekir.

Those .FFS_TMP files are associated with your Free File Sync program. Refer to this website.

FreeFileSync / Discussion / Help:Orphaned .FFS_TMP files in target directories

Unfortunately they don't say how to delete them.

What version of FFS are you running, it seems that later versions permanently delete the .ffs_tmp files. I think from what I read on the web it was version 5.21.

It might be worth using the FFS support or help to see if they can help you.


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24 Jan 2016   #22
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

From post #1:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stevekir View Post
About 95% of the 28,542 files are of type FFS_TMP and are on the X: drive. The earliest Mod. Date of these is 11/06/2002. I have FreeFileSync (a backup program). Surely these don’t belong to it?

Therefore, why are all these files still there and how can I delete them?

In post #4 (which the OP might has missed), I try to convince Stevekir that they are from FreeFileSync:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
See this info:
FreeFileSync / Discussion / Help:Orphaned .FFS_TMP files in target directories

Also, your screenshots indicate that you have Windows 10 installation files. Those take up 3GB to 6GB of hard drive space. If you do not plan in installing W10, You can use the Disk Cleanup tool to remove them or use this tool.
That link theorizes about how the files can be left behind.


In post #10, Stevekir is still not convinced of the origin of these files:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stevekir View Post
I am sure that nearly all these FFS temporary files have nothing to do with FreeFileSync.

Ranger4,
Maybe you can convince Stevekir that they are from FreeFileSync with the same link :-)
[You raise some good questions about FreeFileSync versions.]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
Stevekir.

Those .FFS_TMP files are associated with your Free File Sync program. Refer to this website.

FreeFileSync / Discussion / Help:Orphaned .FFS_TMP files in target directories

Unfortunately they don't say how to delete them.

What version of FFS are you running, it seems that later versions permanently delete the .ffs_tmp files. I think from what I read on the web it was version 5.21.

It might be worth using the FFS support or help to see if they can help you.

My point of going thru this history is:
Stevekir has not mentioned dealing with the W10 files that show in his screenshots. Given how unstable his computer is, I doubt that he wants to install W10 over top of this W7 install.


Stevekir,
Please see post #4 or the info quoted above to deal with those W10 files. They are probably 3GB to 6GB of files that you probably don't want. Callender has corrected posts #16. That should get rid of those ffs_tmp files. Or, use Callender's info in post #20. If you are now convinced that these thousands of files are indeed on your computer because of FreeFileSync, then work with Ranger4 to make sure you have a good version of that app.


...just trying to help you remove those W10 files...
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24 Jan 2016   #23
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
You have to specify the directory. You can't just point Ccleaner a drive X and expect it to find and clear all temp files.

Example - but make sure you get the full path to the folder. It's not clear from your screenshot.
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Ccleaner only removes what you specify in the settings. It's wise to click on "Analyze" then preview the results.

Edit:

You need to type *.ffs_tmp rather than what is shown in the screenshot.
OK. Here goes again. I did the above, (without excluding C drive and got a load of files in C: ! Images 01 to 03.



I excluded C drive (I typed "C:", no quotes, and it chose "C:\*.*" no quotes. It produced a load of files in C: ! (Image 05).

In both cases, Ccleaner has once again not confirmed that they are all files of type *.FFF_tmp which does not give me confidence that these would be safe to delete.

>> Would they be safe to delete anyway?

>> Why is Ccleaner ignoring the X drive?

I am digesting the other posts.


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24 Jan 2016   #24
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
FYI:

The file extension that the OP has thousands of is [dot]FFS[underscore]TMP

The suggestions posted above do not seem to be searching for that.

Post #14 claims to be looking for _tmp, but the screenshots show [dot][underscore]tmp.

Searching for [dot]TMP is not going to find [dot]FFS[underscore]TMP

Searching for [dot][underscore]TMP is not going to find [dot]FFS[underscore]TMP

Try searching for [dot]FFS[underscore]TMP
(e.g. .ffs_tmp)
Ccleaner refused to accept [dot]FFS[underscore]TMP, stating it was "unsafe", so I had to include the [asterisk].
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24 Jan 2016   #25
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Forget Ccleaner for the moment. It's primarily for deleting junk files on your windows partition and I did not read your original post properly and appreciate that the problem files are located on a different drive.

See Post #16

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Okay so maybe this would be a better solution if you are okay with running commands.

Click "Computer" and highlight drive X then hold [Shift+Right Click] when clicking Drive X

Choose "Open Command Window Here"

In the command prompt window type:

attrib -a -r -s -h X:\*.ffs_tmp /s

Press Enter

wait for it to finish - you see a new command prompt

Type:

del /s X:\*.ffs_tmp

Press Enter

That should hopefully sort it.
Or see Post #20 for another method.
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24 Jan 2016   #26
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stevekir View Post
I excluded C drive (I typed "C:", no quotes, and it chose "C:\*.*" no quotes. It produced a load of files in C: ! (Image 05).

In both cases, Ccleaner has once again not confirmed that they are all files of type *.FFF_tmp which does not give me confidence that these would be safe to delete.

>> Would they be safe to delete anyway?

>> Why is Ccleaner ignoring the X drive?

I am digesting the other posts.
Forget Ccleaner for now. If you want to delete stuff using it then you need to understand how to configure it - particularly regarding cookies that you maight want to keep.

It ignores X drive because it's main purpose is to clean junk files on your windows partition.

You can add custom files and folders on drive X and specify particular file extensions or just choose to delete folders/ subfolders but that would require some effort.

Also see the tutorial here:

CCleaner - Delete Junk Files
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24 Jan 2016   #27
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Stevekir.

What version of FreeFileSync are you using. pleas refer to my Post #21 concerning the information on FFS.

I think the reason these .ffs_tmp files are being so hard to delete is that they are related to actual files that they have synchronised with, as part of the back up scheme.

As I suggested it might be best to contact the FFS support or help section to find out how you can delete these files.
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24 Jan 2016   #28
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

PROGRESS !

Please see images 001, 002, 003 (003 shows part only). 003 has corralled all my FFS files. 004 shows a similar run but for the C drive and the two files there are clearly associated with FreeFileSync. So Ranger 4 looks correct. usernameissues referred me to the FreeFileSync discussion site and it is now clear to me that the ffs_tmp files are from that program. (I couldn't believe that a program could spew out so much stuff.) That discussion was posted using FFS v. 5.12. Mine (the current) is 7.8 but it clearly has not bee modified.

It now seems safe to delete all of these in one go but for safety's sake I will start by selecting 10% and see how it goes, then the whole lot. If you don't hear from me for a while, its because my comp. is in dock!


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24 Jan 2016   #29
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Well if you get any message like "cannot delete files as it is in use" then leave those ones alone.
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24 Jan 2016   #30
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Also your approach is good. Just test delete a few files rather than 10% which seems a lot to risk.
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