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Vic 970
03-24-2004, 05:51 PM
I have just been copying the 'C' partition of my hdd onto a 2.1 gB HDD it warned that there may not be enough room, but I assumed that this was because it was coming from a 5 Gb partition, and so continued.

it completed but a message that 'some files were not copied' and the result was failure.

looking at my 'C' drive it showed well over 3 Gb and no way should it be anything like that. so I had a look and found that BCwipe had its own temporary folder, and guess, yep, nearly 2 Gb's worth of temporary files.
I have now put a s/c to the folder on my desktop along with...,

s/c to recent
s/c to recent office
s/c to applog what is that ?
s/c to internet logs

and these are what get left behind AFTER using the normal cleanup tools, so what else are we missing, ??? these files seem to appear and multiply like alien creatures from a si fi movie, how do we control them ? each one that I find I do a s/c to it so that I can at least keep an eye on it and delete contents when I deem neccasary, but how many am I missing off my list ??

03-25-2004, 12:34 PM
I also use several programs that maintain log files, like Zone Alarm, Spybot, and McAfee AV.
However, some of these programs allow the user to control the size of the log files by configuring the settings for either 'No Log'/'Append To Log'/'Overwrite Existing Log', or by placing a limit on the maximum size of the log file. And then there are some programs do not have these options.

Check your programs' settings for options to control the size of the log files, and then select accordingly.
However, you may not want to select 'No Log' since you may need to refer to the log file to troubleshoot a problem.

And for those programs that do not have any selectable options for the log file and just keep bloating the HD with data, I find the easiest way to delete unnecessary log files is by doing a 'Find/Files or Folders', and typing in *.log, *.txt, and *.tmp

03-25-2004, 01:31 PM
Don't know about BCWipe, but does it really take 2GB of hard disk? Like Ski said it may be possible to alter its behaviour through it's options.

s/c to recent
s/c to recent office
MRU-Blaster (http://www.wilderssecurity.net/mrublaster.html) cleans them and all other mru items very well, in my experience. Have a look at what it cleans. It's a freeware from Javacool, developer of spywareblaster and spywareguard.
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s/c to applog what is that ?
Applog folder in win9x is the folder created first time a program is launched after installing Windows9x, a folder named \applog is created in the Windows directory. Taskmon.exe monitors applications that have been launched and creates a log file for each application in the <windir>\applog folder, identifying all the files used to start the application. As you run your computer, Taskmon.exe watches the programs (applications) you open and close and these files are updated at the time of shutdown.

The Defrag utility then uses this info to provide special optimization for the program files you use most often. Rather than rearranging the clusters of these files in sequential order, Defrag rearranges them in the order they're loaded when the program launches.

This specialized processing reduces the time required to launch certain programs, but you may prefer to trade that speed for disk space. You're perfectly free to delete the entire contents of this folder, but Task Monitor will start refilling the folder right away. To prevent this, you need to tweak a Registry setting. Personally I prefer to leave this folder alone as it does not occupy much more than few MBs.

Internet logs, have a look here (http://www.pcguide.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=28632).
You can safely delete all files except .rdb, .ldb and safe.xml, IMO nothing serious if you delete them but your customization of ZA will go and you have to save the settings for each and every program again.

It also might be possible to set your cleaning program to wipe the 'custom folders' like applog, internet logs etc with exceptions for selected files (extension wise).

Vic 970
03-25-2004, 02:27 PM
I am d/l MRU blaster as I write and Yes there was nearly 2 Gb in BC wipe (about 1.86 I think)

it annoys me that I have edited the registry to not show the documents menu, but the info is still there in office.

I shall be looking at some progs to see if there are options, it is not so bad as I can at least keep an eye on things and zap em now and again, I just wonder what else there is or may be in the future.

Vic 970
03-25-2004, 03:03 PM
Ive just run it, and the office recent folder has dissapeared, I wonder if it is only created when there is something to go into it ?

wipe tmp has gone too.

Vic 970
03-29-2004, 02:45 PM
I have a s/c to MRU blaster in my start folder. so that for a while I can run it regularly and observe. it picks something everytime (everyday) which is good, its simple, quick and effective. however it doesn't get everything as running clean up will find temporary internet files etc. and privacy defender always finds something too.