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Windows 7: Unwanted offline files from old XP Drive in Win7

11 Mar 2016   #1
monusalv

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Unwanted offline files from old XP Drive in Win7

Hi,

After I got my Win7 PC last year I kept my XP pc running and had some fairly unsuccessful attempts to access the XP data from Win7. Some files were available but others showed as greyed-out entries in the folder and were inaccessible.

So now I finally installed the old hard drive from my XP machine into my Win7 PC so that I could move some data across and generally re-organise stuff. Just discovered on checking where my disk space has gone that there's an offline files folder (windows/CSC....) on my C: partition that's mirroring the old XP data drive. It's finally dawned on me as I'm posting, that maybe the problem was not (just) a networking issue but that I was always trying to access the local offline files but not providing enough storage (the XP disk is way bigger that the one that came with my Win7 pc).

Info, both Win7 HD and XP HD are partitioned with OS & Data drives (and a few other partitions on the XP HD but only the Data partition is mirrored).

I read the forum tutorial on offline files but a few questions:
1) When I explore the XP Data partition, I just noticed that the address bar (the breadcrumb bit at the top) was initially showing the CSC location on my C: drive. Now, after typing this post and going back to it, it's show the XP partition address for the data. Does this mean it's still trying to sync the XP drive as if it were via the network, even though it's installed in the Win7 PC.

2) If I disable offline files, will it free up the CSC disc space automatically

3) Should I sync before I disable ( I have been cleaning up the XP data before I copied it over so I don't want to lose any changes)

4) If Yes, I can't find the option ( as per tutorial) on any of the XP folder to "make available offline" or "sync".

Hope I've put this in the correct section.

Simon


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