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Double entry on "C" drive

by rvc73 / August 7, 2010 3:52 AM PDT

Can someone tell me why I have a double entry of folder on my "C" drive? I two separate folders for "amd64" abd "i386". One is located in a folder called "6e7a65d4d6152b3b80afb49003dbf4" and the second one is located in a folder called "28a7b46933f3835c10". It seems to me the "amd64" and "i386" were folders under my "C" drive. I don't know how they got where they are and can I just move one to the "C" drive and delete the other? Thank you.

My computer system is"

Dell XPS 700
Intel Core2 Duo processor
w/DualCore technology w/2MB cache
4GB DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz

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It may be Explorer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 7, 2010 3:57 AM PDT

Explorer shows things that are not on a drive or duplicates. It's an old issue but let's get a look at the REAL DRIVE C next.

Go get Gyula's Navigator and see if there is a real dupe or if Explorer is up to its old tricks.

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Double entry on "C" drive by rvc73
by rvc73 / August 7, 2010 5:24 AM PDT
In reply to: It may be Explorer.

I downloaded Gyula's Navigator and ran the program. The entries show up on both sides of Gyula's Navigator. Now what?

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You may need on site support.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 7, 2010 11:25 PM PDT

Gyula's Navigator does have 2 panes. We only look at one pane to see the C drive. If I pointed both panes to C the uninitiated might think these are duplicates.

Maybe you need to post a screenshot on photobucket to show what concerns you?

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I'm fairly certain those odd named folders came via
by Steven Haninger / August 7, 2010 5:04 AM PDT

windows updates and are probably not necessary at all. I've seen these even on other than the Windows partition and I just get rid of them. Sometimes they refuse to go without taking ownership first. I recognize your amd64 entry as one I've seen numerous times on PCs with Intel processors so presume they have something to do with a SP3 glitch that occurred with some models. You definitely don't have need for this on your Intel system.

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Double entry on "C" drive
by rvc73 / August 7, 2010 5:28 AM PDT

Are you saying I do not need these files ie: "amd64" and "i386" or should I copy and paste them to my C:\ drive? As I said, they were on the drive previously and I don't want to delete something I need for Windows XP?

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The amd64 folder is definitely not needed
by Steven Haninger / August 7, 2010 8:54 AM PDT

as it's for AMD processor support. You have an Intel processor. The i386 folder, if redundant, isn't needed and is not normally accessed by the OS. If you wish, you can burn it to CD as it contains files to reinstall the OS if needed. Such will also be on recovery media and it's not essential that the folder be on your HD. When it comes via Windows updates, it's possible that it doesn't contain current Windows files but those that might be needed if such as a service pack is removed. It does no harm but you'd never need two instances of it. If you want one copy, check the file dates of those in duplicate folders and eliminate the one with older dates.

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Double entry on "C" drive
by rvc73 / August 7, 2010 11:12 AM PDT

Thank you very much for the help, it is really appreciated. One more question. As I am going to leave one of them in my "C" drive, should I leave it (i386) in the "6e7a65d4d61 etc" folder or should I move it directly into the "C"(local disk)? Thanks

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With the decision made to keep one copy,
by Steven Haninger / August 7, 2010 7:46 PM PDT

I'd first check (as mentioned earlier) the differences between the files in the two folders and then decide which to keep. I can't know for certain but could think the odd named folder is for the purpose of undoing something and may have the older files. If it does and you're happy with your PC's operation, those files are certainly expendable. You might also, check that folder to see who owns it. If it's system owned, you cannot do anything before taking ownership of it yourself. But, if you want to keep that copy of i386, it won't matter what the folder name is. Normally, what I've seen of that directory, is it's in the root or the Windows folder depending on how the original installation was done.

I'll suggest that another way to keep the folder would be to burn it to disk and just remove it from the HD anyway. As I mentioned earlier, it has no everyday purpose though it might have value if the need to use the recovery console occurs. I've not had need to do so but "SFC" might make use of that folder if files are corrupt and need to be replaced. In that case, you'd need the proper version and a path to the files. A burned CD would work well.

I know this isn't the exact answer you're wanting. I can't find a good reason to worry about this unless one is trying to recover disk space. If this was my own decision to make and I needed the disk space, I'd probably burn both copies to CD and then move both to another partition for a while...after which, if all was well, take them off the system. Good luck.

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Double entry on "C" drive
by rvc73 / August 8, 2010 4:02 AM PDT

I think you have provided me with all you can and again I certainly appreciate all the help you have given me. I will follow your advise and burn a CD with that file for safekeeing. By the way both entries were identical in size, dates etc so I deleted one of them yesterday. Thanks again.

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