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Windows 7: bootsqm.dat?


25 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
bootsqm.dat?

EDIT: since I figured out most of this stuff on my own... Just 2 things. Can I put bootsqm in a folder somewhere? And 2, if anyone doesn't mind explaining, what exactly IS bootsqm?

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Hey, I'm wondering if someone could tell me what bootsqm.dat is? I mean considering it has boot in the name I'm assuming it boots something, and it's coming up as clean so I really don't care, but I'm a little curious about if this is something normal. The reaon I'm wondering is because I figure if it was an adobe file or a system file, it would be in a folder wouldnt it?

It's just sitting there on my local drive (c:\) without even being in a folder... Kinda bugs me. I think it may be on my xp as well... not sure.

Oh, and sorry if this is a waste of a thread, but I just want to be safe considering I'm using a beta AV right now (it's nice but idk how reliable it is, it passed my tests though), and I want to be sure I don't get an infection for another month or so when I get Eset smart security 4 (building this computer robbed me =(


EDIT: does nobody know about this? Should I just delete it to be safe?
To make this more... on topic, is it recomended to get ESET smart security 4, or wait until they come out with a Windows 7 specific AV? Because buying eset in august and then having a Windows 7 AV come out 2 months later would suck...

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28 Jul 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

C:\bootsqm.dat ----> boot order file. Leave it alone.
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31 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

This is not a file required by Windows for booting, it it useless for the boot sequence !

This file only gets created when you run some software that requires to chkdsk (Disk Check) when computer is rebooted, after the task is complete and the operating system is running, you can safely delete this file.

It doesn't replicate after deletion because it is no longer needed, it will only appear again when you will run another Disk Check at system reboot.

hope you will find this usefull, i don't like having unknown files lying around my hdd
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30 Jun 2010   #4

windows 7 ulimate
 
 

thank you.................
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01 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Yes all soo AdvanceWindowsCare/DisKDoctor can create this kind of file it is safe to delete or you just can put it on hide.
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06 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Thank you. Very useful.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maranello View Post
This is not a file required by Windows for booting, it it useless for the boot sequence !

This file only gets created when you run some software that requires to chkdsk (Disk Check) when computer is rebooted, after the task is complete and the operating system is running, you can safely delete this file.

It doesn't replicate after deletion because it is no longer needed, it will only appear again when you will run another Disk Check at system reboot.

hope you will find this usefull, i don't like having unknown files lying around my hdd
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30 Jan 2012   #7
Gew

 
Prevent BOOTSQM.DAT from being created?

Just curious, is there any way to prevent this to me, stupid 'bootsqm.dat' file from ever being created..? Of course, the act of deleting it is only a split second of action, but I'd like to keep my system clean and tidy, without bloat being created.

Ideas?
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30 Jan 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Tri-Boot
 
 

Hi,

I stand to be corrected, but my understanding is that this file is created/updated at every instance of chkdsk. Its used to keep track of which corrections, if any, are required to be made after the disk analysis.

So, the only way to prevent it from being created is not to run a chkdsk - not really feasible over the long term. It is completely safe to delete - only manual deletion is possible, there is no automatic deletion available.

Source: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...b-8e37371cd346

Regards,
Golden
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30 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gew View Post
Just curious, is there any way to prevent this – to me, stupid – 'bootsqm.dat' file from ever being created..? Of course, the act of deleting it is only a split second of action, but I'd like to keep my system clean and tidy, without bloat being created.

Ideas?
Turn off your computer, throw it in a safe, never turn it on again. Clean and tidy for the foreseeable future. I'm being very serious by the way.
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