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#1 c133capt

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 01:34 PM

I am helping a friend with his pc, which has XP Home installed. Now he uses Windows Live Mail for email, not Outlook Express. When I try to defrag the HDD after 31% it says there are files it can not defrag. All three are OE identities. Two are very small but one is 1.3 GB in size and covers 5474 file locations. Since he no longer uses OE for email can I just delete C:\documentsandsettings\owner\localsettings\applicationdata\identities? Any help would be appreciated.
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 03:18 PM

OE sets up default system files for identities...whether they are used are not.

You can delete the identities (I think, I've never tried it) but the default files will be restored once the system boots (or maybe when OE is opened again).

I suggest you ensure that the owner/user has no need of file contents before attempting to delete.

You might also try compacting the files in those identities (via opening IE) before attempting defrag. I use OE and I've never seen such a message when I defrag, using either the Windows defrag tool or Perfect Disk.

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 04:41 PM

Thanks for your comments. I think I will just go ahead and delete the one file taking up so much space and see what happens.
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