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Deleting index.dat files

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bobster, May 4, 2010.

  1. bobster

    bobster Flightless Bird

    Can someone recommend a good freeware index.dat file remover for XP/IE8?
  2. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

  3. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:%23EbE4416KHA.5708@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl,
    bobster <fauxie@bogus.net> typed:
    > Can someone recommend a good freeware index.dat file
    > remover for XP/IE8?

    Why use a program for that? Just do a Search of all drives for index.dat,
    and when it's done searching, highlight them all and hit Delete or
    Shift-Delete, which bypasses the Recycle Bin?

    I periodically delete backup files that programs make that way. Even from a
    Command Prompt, a "del index.dat /s" for each disk drive would accomplish
    the same thing. And you could put an icon Shortcut to it on your desktop
    and use it without even touching the Command Prompt once it's working.

    Assuming none of them are read-only, which they may be and which you might
    have to change first:

    @echo off
    atttrib *.* -s -r <-----Remove any read-only attributes on system index.dat
    cd c:/ <--------- Make sure you're in the root directory
    del index.dat /s <--- delete index.dat in the root and all folders under
    cd d:/
    del index.dat /s
    etc. for each drive you have.

    IMO it's best to never use 3rd party tools for things that XP can do so
    easily; mostly because: You never know what you're going to get with 3rd
    party software programs.

    It worries me a tad that you want to delte all index.dat files though; are
    you certain that's what you want to do? Some of them are required to exist
    in order to keep the folder working properly, especially with system files.



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