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November 21, 2012 at 05:19:01
Specs: Wiindows 7 Home Premium, 3.15 GHz/8 GB


I am working on a computer that has a 200GB HDD. When I try to defrag this disk, many files remain fragmented. All of these files are .VOB files located in a folder call DVDFab. There are around 100GB of data in just these .VOB files. It is taking up half of the entire HDD. I don't have much space left on this HDD. Would it be safe to delete these files? What would happen if I did? Computer runs very slow with many programs as it is.

OS: Windows 7 64bit/Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64bit
CPU/Ram: E8500/8GB PC2-6400
Manufacturer/Model: AVA Direct / Built online


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#1
November 21, 2012 at 06:14:23

Those are ripped movies. Dvdfab is the software that was used to rip the videos. You should check with whoever the owner of the PC is if it is ok to delete those.

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#2
November 21, 2012 at 07:42:08

.VOB file is the DVD media file extension If the folder has .info and .bup file also then you can confirm.try play that file with VLC media player http://fix-target.com/vlc-media-pla...

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#3
November 21, 2012 at 08:00:21
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If this is YOUR computer and you have already burned those files to DVD then you can delete them. You could also copy them to DVD media to save them for future use.

What percentage of free space remains on the C partition of the drive?

If you can run defrag you probably have 15% free space.

I suspect the slowness issue is not caused by those files. You list 8GB of RAM. If you are running Windows 7 64 bit version then the computer shouldn't be using the swap file very much.

I would check for viruses and/or malware.

How many processes are running in Task Manager?


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#4
November 21, 2012 at 08:50:14

Those video files obviously take up space and if you run them they might well not be to your taste. However, their presence makes no difference whatsoever to how fast your computer is running. They will not harm the system in any way if deleted.

You are on the XP forum, so is the computer in question XP or Win7?

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#5
November 21, 2012 at 09:05:28

OK, first, thank you guys for responding. The computer mentioned is not mine and it has Windows XP Pro. The original problem was that would not boot up. Would not go into Safe Mode either. There were many many .dll files missing or corrupt. After a lengthy CHKDSK in CMD prompt, and 3 hours, I finally was able to boot up and work on the computer. When I tried to defrag, the whole window was in RED, meaning fragmented, and there were only about 12 FREE unused locations left from being a full HDD. So far I have 8 hours of defragging and only 70% completed. I stopped the process to go on to other things. The majority of the files that are fragmented are these .VOB files. BTW Otherhill, that signature you commented on is my computer, not the one I am trying to clean up.

OS: Windows 7 64bit/Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64bit
CPU/Ram: E8500/8GB PC2-6400
Manufacturer/Model: AVA Direct / Built online


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#6
November 21, 2012 at 09:46:08

OK thanks for clarifying that it is about an XP Pro - might not have mattered in this case but it sometimes does.

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#7
November 21, 2012 at 10:15:52

If the owner wants to keep the files, burn them to dvd then delete them.

I usually do just that and also burn personal (Docs, Music, Pics, etc) files to dvd in case the repair goes to hell somewhere down the line.

Some abused systems just can't be satisfactorily repaired and you need to plan ahead in case you are forced to reinstall everything.

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#8
November 21, 2012 at 20:55:16

SkipCox, OtherHill, Winipcfg, that is exactly what the owner said when I called him. "I have burned a DVD of those files so you can delete them". Done! Files are deleted and the computer was not affected. Thank you all for your assistance. BTW, I gained a ton of space on the HDD and it is now defraged.(sp?)

OS: Windows 7 64bit/Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64bit
CPU/Ram: E8500/8GB PC2-6400
Manufacturer/Model: AVA Direct / Built online


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#9
November 22, 2012 at 09:25:36

Good deal gilloz...sounds like you have a good chance to make this thing a computer again.

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#10
November 22, 2012 at 11:25:50

Good news - thanks for taking the trouble to pop back and let us know.

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#11
November 22, 2012 at 21:20:10

Sorry Derek, I also thank you for your input. This was my first experience with .VOB files. I'm not into videos copy, editing, etc. Hope u all have/had a good holiday.

OS: Windows 7 64bit/Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64bit
CPU/Ram: E8500/8GB PC2-6400
Manufacturer/Model: AVA Direct / Built online


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