clear system cache of files read from disk

April 27, 2010 at 09:20:13
Specs: Windows XP
I have files on cd that I do not want retained in the system when I remove the cd. How can a clear the system of these files. Everything about clearing caches is in regards to the internet cache this would be a system cache, wouldn't it?

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April 27, 2010 at 09:28:48
You would check how the program you used to burn the cd handle its temp folder. Most do not save the temp files unless you specify for it to do so. This is not a system cache.

To clear the temp file go into Accessories/system tools and run disk cleanup.

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April 27, 2010 at 10:08:48
CD burning cache is located at

Drive_letter: \ Documents and Settings \username\ Local Settings \ Application Data \ Microsoft \ CD Burning.

It's a hidden folder and the cache is known as CD Burning Staging area. To purge the cache you need to do the followings first before you can navigate to that folder.

1. Start Windows Explorer.
2. Choose Folder Options menu Tools,
3. Click the tab Showing.In Hidden files and folders select Show hidden files and folders,
4. Click OK


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April 30, 2010 at 11:03:36
Thanks for the responses. However I am talking about data that is already on CD. I put the CD in the system look at the data, then take the CD out of the system. If merely looking at data on a CD causes it to be cached, I would like to erase that cache.

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May 8, 2010 at 15:29:14
Does anyone know anything about this? I am not even sure if stuff just read from a disc is cached or not.

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May 9, 2010 at 05:35:29
Not 100% sure, but I don't think so.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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