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Windows 7: Best software for removing all crud/tmp files and zeroing free space?

13 May 2013   #1
DanielSB

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Best software for removing all crud/tmp files and zeroing free space?

Hi all!

My first post here, thank you for reading it

I just set up Windows 7 installed onto an iSCSI target served by my Ubuntu box using ZFS with compression and SCST to deliver the iSCSI target. Works marvellously!

Now, I'm interested in snapshotting this installation at crucial points in time (already have a snapshot of "just installed, first boot pending", and "initial configuration completed"). Anyone unfamiliar with ZFS snapshosts, it's basically like VMware snapshots and here I have server-side compression in effect, too.

So, as I'd like to snapshot as much as possible, yet waste as little space as possible, I'm looking for programs that'll remove "non-essential" data from my drive, that I'd run before powering down and then snapshotting with ZFS. Non-essential data would be \Windows\temp, local temp, Chrome/IE temp, superfluous MSI "rollback system update" data like \Windows\$... (as I'd already have a snapshot of before whichever update I'd installed). Basically anything that is removable and still keep the system running fine. Including, if possible, an option to zero out any unused blocks (as that'd make the snapshot smaller server-side, given that it'd already compressing blocks there).

So what are your experiences? Do you know of any programs like that that would fit my needs?

Thanks in advance for any help

Daniel


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13 May 2013   #2
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I've been using CCleaner for some time. The link is in my sig.
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13 May 2013   #3
DanielSB

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks, CCleaner looks pretty cool! I'll check it out Doesn't do zero-fill of unused space though, does it?
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13 May 2013   #4
edee

Windows 8 Pro / Windows 7 Home Premium x64 dual boot
 
 

TFC or Temp File Cleaner, is a small utility that will clean out all the folders on your computer that house temporary files. The temp folders that TFC will clean are the Java, Windows Temp Folder, and the Internet Explorer, Opera, Chrome, and Safari caches. This tool will clean the folders for all accounts on the computer including the Administrator, NetworkService, and LocalService accounts. It is a handy little utility to have to compliment CCleaner because it cleans a lot of the stuff that CCleaner misses.

Get TFC here : TFC Download
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13 May 2013   #5
Dsprague

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 enterprise 64 bit, Windows 7 Pro 64 bit ,Windows 8 64bit
 
 

Yes ccleaner does wipe the empty space on a drive:


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13 May 2013   #6
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

You beat me to it.
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13 May 2013   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You can also do it this way.

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13 May 2013   #8
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
You can also do it this way.

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That's the way I do it Layback Bear....
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13 May 2013   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I seldom use wipe free space but it does come in handy after removing a infection. You never know if the little bad guy is in free space just waiting to be activated again before getting wrote over.
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14 May 2013   #10
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

If you use CCleaner, add CCEnhancer to the mix as well. It adds a lot more entries for CCleaner to well clean. All the program does it download is a "winapp2.ini" file for CCleaner.

CCEnhancer - SingularLabs
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