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What is this junk Retrospect is copying??


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I've noticed this problem for ages, but the other day I got out my laptop which has not been booted for ages, and copied over all the files from my desktop using retrospect.


It took a long time, and the thing that really slowed it down was these files that I can't identify. All the data I am copying comes from a disk that only contains our company data (windows is installed on a separate physical disc), so I don't understand why there are files being copied that I don't recognize. They are just random looking strings of numbers and letters, there seem to be thousands of them, and when they are copying over the copy speed slows to a crawl. Very frustrating!!






Hopefully someone can shed some light on this.


Thanks for any replies.

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Some hidden file maybe on your computer. It isn't something Retrospect is making up. It exists on your computer.


Yeah I agree. It definitely does exist on the disc, but I just can't figure out what it is. But I've been looking at my D drive and the only possibility I can see is that I have Diskeeper installed. It creates a folder on each drive, and I'm wondering if these files are contained in the Diskeeper folder. I can't open the diskeeper files to check if the suspect files are in there, as they are DAT files. If anybody knows how to open DAT files let me know.


For the moment I think I am going to create a new selector to stop the Diskeeper folder being copied, and see if that makes a difference.



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Can you see the file name in a restore browser? Restore one of the files to an empty folder on the C: disk and check it out.


It was a duplicate copy, not a backup, so are far as I know I can't do what you suggested, but I will keep searching. I strongly suspect that they are diskeeper config files, but I don't know.

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The only files I have seen with names similar to the example given are temporary files, particularly residing within the Temporary Internet Files folder. The path on this particular machine (WinXP Home) is c:\Windows\Temp\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5. However, the items with these names display as folders, containing only one file each (desktop.ini).


Obviously, IE5 is long gone, and was never on this machine. However, the file dates coincide with the original setup date of this machine, so it may be particular to Windows. I understand Windows is on a different drive, but perhaps temporary files are directed elsewhere. Hope this may help you in your search.

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