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What are these part files in Downloads


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#1 MaryBet82

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:44 PM

I downloaded a lot of driver files for my pc on my mac and then moved them over to a folder I keep stuff for my thinkpad. Today I noticed 3 files ending in part whose names don't match anything I've downloaded as far as I can tell. They are ViA_1Doy.txt.part, lkrmoZPX.txt.part, & ABPKZlg9.exe.part. I've noticed that while mac is in the process of downloading a file it has a second file - DownloadingFilesname.part that goes away once the download's complete. How did I get leftover *.part files w/ weird file names?
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Posted 04 April 2011 - 03:51 PM

You would have to watch the Downloads folder to watch in realtime the download process. Or setup a folder action to monitor it. It sounds that some downloads did not finish or were stopped.

File extension PART description:
The PART file extension is associated with partially downloaded files from internet. Unless the download is finished, the partial file appears as corrupted and usually cannot be accessed by any means. After the download is finished, the partial file is renamed to its original extension.
The file suffix is used by some download managers and web browsers, such as Go!Zilla, Firefox, eMule Plus, eDonkey, FlashGet or Free Download Manager.
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:18 PM

Thanks davidanders

I used firefox for the downloads, should have said.

I have kept an eye on some of the downloads while they were occurring and there would be a downloadfile.exe and a downloadfile.exe.part until the download was complete and then just the downloadfile.exe. I don't know what downloads got interrupted - I didn't get any error messages - and the .part file names don't match any of the downloads. I expected to have the *.part file and the *.exe file if the download was interrupted - I seem to remember that happened once. But maybe not. Or maybe that was on the pc. I'm just hoping I don't have any half downloaded .exe files in my download folder. It's a lot of files to compare file sizes - and I don't know if one can accurately compare file sizes because there is the actual file size and the file size on disc.
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 02:52 PM

Sometimes .part files get leftover accidentally after a download. If the .part file names don't match any of the .exe file names, it is probably safe to delete the .part files.

And if you find any of the .exe's don't work, try re-downloading them.

Edited by keyboardNinja, 14 April 2011 - 02:55 PM.

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#5 MaryBet82

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 10:19 PM

Thanks keyboardninja,

I deleted the .part files and I went ahead and compared my downloaded files sizes w/ the file sizes listed at the download site. They all seem close enough in size to be complete downloads. Where the .part files came from is another mystery that will likely never be solved.
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