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Which "index.dat" files exist normally? I found 10 of them

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Cindy Parker, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Cindy Parker

    Cindy Parker Flightless Bird

    I wonder how many "index.dat" files exist normally on a WinXP system.
    I searched my system and found 10 (!).

    See the following snapshot:

    http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/3751/foundindexdatfiles.png

    When I read about "index.dat" files on Internet I get the impression that there is normally
    only 1 index.dat file and that's it.

    So are the remaining 9 on my system are bad copies or backups or what?

    Cindy
     
  2. Rob

    Rob Flightless Bird

    Cindy Parker <cypy@live.com> wrote:
    > I wonder how many "index.dat" files exist normally on a WinXP system.
    > I searched my system and found 10 (!).
    >
    > See the following snapshot:
    >
    > http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/3751/foundindexdatfiles.png
    >
    > When I read about "index.dat" files on Internet I get the impression that there is normally
    > only 1 index.dat file and that's it.
    >
    > So are the remaining 9 on my system are bad copies or backups or what?
    >
    > Cindy


    index.dat is just a generic name for some file that holds the index of
    the files in the directory that it is in.

    the number of those files is growing with each IE version, as they are
    keeping more and more things stored on the disk.
    it started with only cookies but now there are lots of other things
    stored.
     
  3. Jeff Layman

    Jeff Layman Flightless Bird

    "Rob" <nomail@example.com> wrote in message
    news:slrni7eu01.qbb.nomail@xs8.xs4all.nl...
    > Cindy Parker <cypy@live.com> wrote:
    >> I wonder how many "index.dat" files exist normally on a WinXP system.
    >> I searched my system and found 10 (!).
    >>
    >> See the following snapshot:
    >>
    >> http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/3751/foundindexdatfiles.png
    >>
    >> When I read about "index.dat" files on Internet I get the impression that
    >> there is normally
    >> only 1 index.dat file and that's it.
    >>
    >> So are the remaining 9 on my system are bad copies or backups or what?
    >>
    >> Cindy

    >
    > index.dat is just a generic name for some file that holds the index of
    > the files in the directory that it is in.
    >
    > the number of those files is growing with each IE version, as they are
    > keeping more and more things stored on the disk.
    > it started with only cookies but now there are lots of other things
    > stored.


    There are 97 on my Win7HPx64 setup (about 6 months ago there were only 45,
    but I have added an account since then). They take up about 50 Mb disk
    space. I don't think they are simply an index of files in the folder they
    are in, as they do not lose the information when those files are deleted (eg
    temporary internet files) - they just seem to get bigger and bigger.

    They are annoying difficult to erase with Windows utilities alone, but it
    can be done. It would probably be easier to boot into linux and use that.

    --

    Jeff
     

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