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index.dat files

by willsan / June 2, 2005 10:14 AM PDT

i have win98,how do i safely remove index.dat files..Thanks...

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(NT) (NT) Press the delete key?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 2, 2005 10:17 AM PDT
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index.dat files
by Bob__B / June 3, 2005 6:17 AM PDT
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Well if you know how to use DOS (yuk) I think this might work.

Boot to dos.
cd windows
del index.dat

I'm not a dos type so beware.
If you try to remove these files using windows/W.E. your first problem is finding them all.

Your second problem is these files are in use so if you try to delete them windows has a fit.

Maybe get an index.dat cleaner,,use google.

I don't use one of the things so I can't rec one to you.

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Removing index.dat files.
by Kees Bakker / June 3, 2005 6:43 PM PDT
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That can be a rather involving process. In the end I always manage. Some thoughts:

- There are index.dat files for cookies and for Temporary Internet Files and several for history. The last ones are deleted automatically, if you clean the history or after 20 days.
- Use Find in Windows Explorer to find all index.dat files. If they aren't in use (see the modification date/time) you can delete them there.
- Most of them, but it depends on the settings, are user dependent. So if you use Control Panel to add a second user, you can log on as that user to delete the the index.dat files from the first user and the other way around. If necessary, you can use TweakUI to automatically logon as the first user normally, to not disturb the usual routine.
- You can use MOVEONBOOT (free to download) to set most, if not all, of these files to be deleted at boot.
- Booting into MS-DOS, using cd to go to directories and then deleting them works also. But these files are difficult to find, because they've got such long paths. So use quotes and don't make typo's. And even then my experience is sometimes they just aren't there.

It can be done! It's good for your privacy, and it saves diskspace.


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by Bob__B / June 3, 2005 11:28 PM PDT

seems to have multiple index.dat files.

I have yet to find a way with w.e. to show that these files exist.

Clearing history seems to remove these files, all but one.

The one that remains seems to be growing at a rather slow pace.

From a privacy/disk space standpoint anyone using windows/w.e. would not be aware the file is there.

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Use this
by Blue_Zee / June 4, 2005 2:02 AM PDT
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CCleaner (a.k.a. Crap Cleaner)


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I agree.
by Bob__B / June 4, 2005 6:10 AM PDT
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I use it and think it's a nice tool.

Just be aware that it seems to be a little lacking in the history index.dat area.

Perhaps that's by design.

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