Solved can debug dump files be deleted in windows 7?

July 11, 2011 at 06:13:40
Specs: Windows 7

I run disk cleanup with the box checked but those files remain. Any help?

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July 11, 2011 at 12:46:32
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They are information files produced at some time when your machine had a problem. If your machine is running OK then I guess you could delete them (or at least the oldest ones) but keep them in the bin for a few days just in case.

I wouldn't have thought they were very large, so wonder why you want to delete them at all. File deletions in general can often lead to disasters.

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July 21, 2011 at 03:05:58

Thanks Derek. Did you get my previous reply about how large my files are. Close to 1/2 GB total in debug that show up in disc cleanup, but then they will not actually delete. Confusing.

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July 21, 2011 at 11:57:12

Nope, didn't see 0.5G mentioned.

There are a few ways to delete obstinate files.

Firstly try it in Safe Mode (F8 while booting then select Safe Mode).

Secondly there are small free programs around such as "Move on Boot" which
delete files next time you boot up.

Last resort would be to get a Live Linux CD (such as Puppy Linux) then use the "burn an image" feature in your CD burner to create a CD. You have to ensure that the CD is ahead of the C drive in BIOS, then boot to Linux with the CD in the drive. When it has booted up, at the bottom of the screen (in Puppy) you can view the CD drive and delete the files. The CD just works with RAM so nothing else will get touched and Windows will be back when you boot without the CD. Note that Puppy might make a file and folder on the root of C for data.

The last two suggestions will not delete to the bin so once you've deleted the files they will be tricky to recover. I can't really see why deleting them should cause any issues but I have to make it "your risk". Start with the oldest ones.

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July 25, 2011 at 05:08:03

Thank you, Derek. Now my question is ... I run disk cleanup and there are these two categories for dump files that show up, but checking the boxes to have them deleted does nothing. How do I find these files to delete them in safe mode? I'm not sure where they are. I did a search for .dmp files and at least the basic search mechanism in Windows 7 didn't find them. Thanks again.

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July 25, 2011 at 08:46:26

As they are usually small I've never tried to find them in Windows 7.

I understand this is their location:

You might have to temporarily set your system to show all files (including protected system files). Maybe that is why the search isn't finding them, although I haven't got too much faith in Windows search.

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July 27, 2011 at 04:04:27

You've been a big help, thank you so much.

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July 27, 2011 at 06:26:14

You're welcome.

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