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.PDB files and Symbols folder, anyone ?


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#1 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:35 PM

I was in my 'C' drive very recently, doing a data back-up with Windows Explorer, and saw a folder I hadn't noticed before called 'Symbols'. Curiosity led me to click on it, to discover it contains 4,615 folders each of which has the extension .PDB to a total of 1.63 GB. A quick look on Google came up with the information that these are involved with the Windows debugging software - at least that was my understanding of the information I found !

 

Searching the Win 7 forum came up with seven references, all of which seemed to involve BSoD, which I am not suffering from. Nor am I a developer or a programmer - if I sit down with the manual and think very hard, I can just about write a simple 'C+' program. I certainly haven't consiously been running debugging software.

 

Are these files / folders significant ?  Do they indicate a problem ?  Can anyone give a simple explanation of what they are and do ?

 

I'm running Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit on an ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4N68T-M-V2 (AM3) mobo, with an AMD Athlon II X2 250 CPU and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, all of which is a little over two years old.

 

If anyone can scratch my itch of curiosity I will be grateful,

 

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:25 PM

Hi Chris -

A link to one site, and some details off the site -

 

File Type .... Program Database (PDB)
Developer .... N/A
Popularity 5 Star
Category - Database Files
File Format Description - Database file used by several applications, including Pegasus, Quicken, MS Visual Studio, and Palm Pilot software; stores data in a structured format; typically installed with the corresponding application.

NOTE: PDB files used by different programs are usually saved in a proprietary format, meaning they can only be opened by the program they were installed with. For example, an Intuit Quicken PDB file is not recognized by Microsoft Visual Studio.

 

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 09:09 AM

Fascinating Noknojon,

 

Thanks for the information, but I am still not a lot wiser !  To the best of my knowledge and belief I do not have any of the software types you mention, nor the types listed in the article you referenced, installed on my computer. However I have been having a hardware problem recently.

 

An LG SATA DVD drive has been playing up - the activity light has been going through longish spells of flashing with no disc in the drive, and my computer has been taking a long time to boot, hanging at several stages, and once booted giving random short spells of freezing. So I disconnected it this morning and the computer is now booting and running properly. As this is the only problem I have had with this machine in the last few months, could this have anything to do with it ?

 

But thanks for the info,

 

Chris Cosgrove



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Posted 09 March 2013 - 02:09 PM

Someone, at some time...was trying to debug BSOD messages, which use that folder and those types of files.

 

http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f217/c-symbols-folder-needed-w7x64-532040.html

 

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 04:40 PM

Hamluis, thanks for the link and the info it supplied.

 

I am quite willing to believe that someone has been trying to debug bluescreen problems, except it wasn't me !  And I built this computer and it has been sitting on my office desk ever since. I have had my share of niggles with it, but blue screening has not been one of its problems. Hands up, most of them were self inflicted - 'I wonder what happens if I do this ?'.

 

Since your link says the 'Symbols' folder can safely be deleted, I am minded to do that and see if it reappears at some time in the future.

 

Regards,

 

Chris Cosgrove



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Posted 30 September 2015 - 12:17 AM

I just wish someone would tell me how to get rid of these .pdb files and get my old Windows Explorer for Win 7 Ultimate back.

-I am so tired of looking at these and not being able to use the Windows Explorer.

 

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Posted 30 September 2015 - 08:58 AM

To Tinpenny:  You were previously instructed to do the following, in your own Am I Infected topic,:

 

 

I recommend you repost this issue.

Please follow this Preparation Guide and post in a new topic.
Let me know if all went well.

 

If you truly want to attempt to resolved your situation...it seems to me that you would comply with suggestion above.

 

This topic is now closed to avoid further necromancy.

 

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