I originally had a thread going here about defragging my hard drive C: and how that related to the D: partition, etc. But it's veered off into new questions/territory, so I'm starting this new thread. (Note that I did defrag my C: drive and did NOT defrag my D: partition, as per HP.)
Looking through the various defrag logs I made of my C: drive and D: partition, I have noticed the following:
1. C: Questions:
On 3/21, the defrag analysis log for C: showed that I had Total files = 71,432 and Total folders = 5,086.
On 4/5, the defrag analysis log for C: showed that I had Total files = 71,168 and Total folders = 5,073.
(Note that this was the log generated AFTER I defragged my hard drive, in which I deleted my temporary internet files prior to.)
On 4/9, the defrag analysis log for C: showed that I had Total files = 72,570 and Total folders = 5,086.
So that's quite the jump in files and folders. As far as I know, I have not added anything to my computer that would warrant an increase in over 1,400 files and 13 folders! (Of course, some of this could be temporary internet files, so once I post, I'm going to empty those and check what this says again. [EDIT: Just emptied my cache in Firefox -- Total files = 72,036 and Total folders = 5,083 -- so that did not decrease it by much -- still a large increase from 4/5 to now.]
I did run SIW 1.67 for the first time yesterday (4/9) a number of times. And I did click on a variety of things in that program that generated lists of files, etc. within the program out of curiosity (all of which is the normal use of the program, as far as I know--?).
1a. Why would there be so many new files and folders on my C: drive from only 4/5 to 4/9?
1b. Does SIW 1.67 add any files to your hard drive? (I do see that it does add a file called siw_init.xml in C:/Documents and Settings/Application Data/siw -- more on that in further below... So does it add any files beyond this one?)
2. D: Questions:
On 3/21, the defrag analysis log for D: showed that I had Total files = 1,977 and Total folders = 93.
On 4/9 in the am, the defrag analysis log for D: showed that I had Total files = 2,034 and Total folders = 102.
On 4/9 in the afternoon (AFTER running SIW from the desktop on my C: drive), the defrag analysis log for D: showed that I had Total files = 2,038 and Total folders = 103.
2a. Why are new files being created on my D: partition if I'm not saving anything to it or accessing it (except for doing a defrag analysis log, which is saved to my C: drive)? Why would it go up 57 files and 9 folders from 3/21 to 4/9?
2b. The increase on 4/9 from before I ran SIW to after I ran it, could that be due to SIW? Would SIW also have saved a siw_init.xml to the D: partition? (I'm really hoping that's not the case, as you're not supposed to write anything to the D: partition...)
2c. Is this bad that files are being written to the D: partition (if that's the case)? I'm pretty sure HP said that you should not do this. (And I don't mean to be doing that...)
2d. When I run AVG free scan, Ad-Aware SE free scan, and SpyBot scan, I assume they're also scanning the D: partition -- but would any of those programs be saving files to it?
3. Other SIW Questions:
3a. What is this siw_init.xml file in C:/Documents and Settings/Application Data/siw? Iknow it's supposed to be a settings thing, but why is it saving settings when I haven't set any settings in the program, but juts ran it a few times?
3b. I accidentally double-clicked this file and it opened it up in IE6 (I use Firefox normally). I guess that file type is set to open in IE, and what happened was it showed some settings (or something) for the program (I guess) and I got a yellow "!" and it said it blocked something or other from showing to prevent information from my computer from being accessed or shown or something (that wasn't the exact wording). I was on-line when I did this. So what was this? And is it bad that I opened this file by accident? Could it have sent info somewhere?
3c. Can I delete that siw_init.xml file and folder it's in at any time? (Of course, if there's one on my D: partition, I wouldn't be able to get to it...)
I'm sure many of these are silly newbie questions, but the only way to learn is to ask (and I tend to be over cautious, which is better than not cautious enough, I say!).
Any help is appreciated -- thanks!
Edited by bloomcounty, 10 April 2007 - 09:39 AM.