duplicate files ... deleting



qwerty
07-10-2005, 12:41 AM
I am utilizing System Mechanic 5 Professional by iolo ... I have searched for
duplicate files to help free up drive space ... many windows-related files
turn up, each located in 2 different directories ... one example is SP2.CAB
which is located in both C:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache\i386\ as well as
C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386\

can one or both be deleted? ... is there a general rule of thumb?

thanks in advance

Mike Hall \(MS-MVP\)
07-10-2005, 12:41 AM
You need to be VERY careful when removing duplicate files unless you have
created them personally.. some files NEED to be in duplicate folders..

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Mike Hall
MVP - Windows Shell/User
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"qwerty" <qwerty@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:DD360002-8906-44CA-8647-5FA631616317@microsoft.com...
>I am utilizing System Mechanic 5 Professional by iolo ... I have searched
>for
> duplicate files to help free up drive space ... many windows-related files
> turn up, each located in 2 different directories ... one example is
> SP2.CAB
> which is located in both C:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache\i386\ as well as
> C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386\
>
> can one or both be deleted? ... is there a general rule of thumb?
>
> thanks in advance

David H. Lipman
07-10-2005, 12:41 AM
From: "qwerty" <qwerty@discussions.microsoft.com>

| I am utilizing System Mechanic 5 Professional by iolo ... I have searched for
| duplicate files to help free up drive space ... many windows-related files
| turn up, each located in 2 different directories ... one example is SP2.CAB
| which is located in both C:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache\i386\ as well as
| C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386\
|
| can one or both be deleted? ... is there a general rule of thumb?
|
| thanks in advance

Leave them alone !

They are used by the OS and should NOT be touched.

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Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
http://www.ik-cs.com/got-a-virus.htm

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:42 AM
qwerty wrote:

> I am utilizing System Mechanic 5 Professional by iolo ... I have searched for
> duplicate files to help free up drive space ... many windows-related files
> turn up, each located in 2 different directories ... one example is SP2.CAB
> which is located in both C:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache\i386\ as well as
> C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386\
>
> can one or both be deleted? ... is there a general rule of thumb?
>
> thanks in advance

General rule of thumb, don't mess with it for system files. Get a
larger hard drive.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Plato
07-10-2005, 12:43 AM
=?Utf-8?B?cXdlcnR5?= wrote:
>
> I am utilizing System Mechanic 5 Professional by iolo ... I have searched for
> duplicate files to help free up drive space ... many windows-related files
> turn up, each located in 2 different directories ... one example is SP2.CAB
> which is located in both C:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache\i386\ as well as
> C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386\
>
> can one or both be deleted? ... is there a general rule of thumb?

Yes there is a general rule of thumb. Dont mess with dupes that are
related to your OS or applications that you've installed. Dont mess with
dupes that are located in Windows
and Program File Folders.



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duplicate files ... deleting