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How can I stop Temp folder expanding to take over my whole system disk?

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Joe91

#1
Hi,
I recently noticed that the % of free space on my system disk had dropped
considerably. On investigation I found that the folder
<username>/AppData/Local/Temp had filled to about 55% of my 120GB drive.
Many of the folders/files were months old.
Is there some setting I can change to clear the folder when I log out or
shut down or do I have to delete the files/folders manually?
Many thanks
Joe
 

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J

Joan Archer

#2
Use disk cleanup to clean up temp files and other settings, if you want to
clean Internet temp files go into Internet Options and on the advanced tab
scroll down to the box to delete temp files when the browser is closed.

You really should do regular maintenance on your machine to help keep it
running well. <g>
--
Joan Archer
http://www.freewebs.com/crossstitcher
http://lachsoft.com/photogallery

"Joe91" <joe.kirk@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> Hi,
> I recently noticed that the % of free space on my system disk had dropped
> considerably. On investigation I found that the folder
> <username>/AppData/Local/Temp had filled to about 55% of my 120GB drive.
> Many of the folders/files were months old.
> Is there some setting I can change to clear the folder when I log out or
> shut down or do I have to delete the files/folders manually?
> Many thanks
> Joe
 

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Joe91

#3
Having cleared the folder earlier I now find that I have another 92 folders
in this TEMP folder. Many of them have a name of the type
'Temp10_IfraAdConnexion1.1R2-samples.zip'. The part after the underscore is
a valid file name that I recognise but it is not a file I have looked at for
many months, if not years nor have I opened the containing folder.
Joe
"Joe91" <joe.kirk@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:ufpKy3oOJHA.588@xxxxxx

> Hi,
> I recently noticed that the % of free space on my system disk had dropped
> considerably. On investigation I found that the folder
> <username>/AppData/Local/Temp had filled to about 55% of my 120GB drive.
> Many of the folders/files were months old.
> Is there some setting I can change to clear the folder when I log out or
> shut down or do I have to delete the files/folders manually?
> Many thanks
> Joe
 

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Richard Urban

#4
It sounds like you have a misbehaving program that does not clean up after
itself when the program is closed down. A well designed program WILL clean
up its temporary files after it closes and leave little behind.

Many people use CCleaner to handle these chores and run it on a regular
basis to keep the crud at an acceptable level.

http://www.ccleaner.com/

Did I mention that this little program is free?

--

Richard Urban
Microsoft MVP
Windows Desktop Experience


"Joe91" <joe.kirk@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> Having cleared the folder earlier I now find that I have another 92
> folders in this TEMP folder. Many of them have a name of the type
> 'Temp10_IfraAdConnexion1.1R2-samples.zip'. The part after the underscore
> is a valid file name that I recognise but it is not a file I have looked
> at for many months, if not years nor have I opened the containing folder.
> Joe
> "Joe91" <joe.kirk@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:ufpKy3oOJHA.588@xxxxxx

>> Hi,
>> I recently noticed that the % of free space on my system disk had dropped
>> considerably. On investigation I found that the folder
>> <username>/AppData/Local/Temp had filled to about 55% of my 120GB drive.
>> Many of the folders/files were months old.
>> Is there some setting I can change to clear the folder when I log out or
>> shut down or do I have to delete the files/folders manually?
>> Many thanks
>> Joe
>
 

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J

Joe91

#5
Thanks, I ran that (and will run it regularly) and it cleared the 2GB of
files created in the last 6 hours. However, almost as quickly as those
files were being deleted more were being created. Don't know whether it is
Google desktop or Windows indexing service, they are the only two services
that are likely to be trawling through these files.
thanks again
Joe
"Joan Archer" <joanarcher@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> Use disk cleanup to clean up temp files and other settings, if you want to
> clean Internet temp files go into Internet Options and on the advanced tab
> scroll down to the box to delete temp files when the browser is closed.
>
> You really should do regular maintenance on your machine to help keep it
> running well. <g>
> --
> Joan Archer
> http://www.freewebs.com/crossstitcher
> http://lachsoft.com/photogallery
>
> "Joe91" <joe.kirk@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:ufpKy3oOJHA.588@xxxxxx

>> Hi,
>> I recently noticed that the % of free space on my system disk had dropped
>> considerably. On investigation I found that the folder
>> <username>/AppData/Local/Temp had filled to about 55% of my 120GB drive.
>> Many of the folders/files were months old.
>> Is there some setting I can change to clear the folder when I log out or
>> shut down or do I have to delete the files/folders manually?
>> Many thanks
>> Joe
>
 

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Beoweolf

#7
You can limit the size of IE (Internet explorer) temp files, Under General
tab (tools > Internet options; under "browsing History" you can delete
immediately using the delete bottom and change/configure how much history
you want to keep by using the Settings button and making adjustments.

You have a lot of options; move folder to a disk other than your sysvol,
change how much disk space is devoted/allocated to temp files, how many days
of history to keep.

Other temp files, as well as paging.swap files can be move to disks other
than sysvol, its pretty much up to you to customize things outside of
default configuration. As someone mentioned, if temp files are being
generated at an excessive rate either some App is not cleaning up after
itself or you have configured excessive logging, generating errors way
outside of the norm.


"Joe91" <joe.kirk@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:ufpKy3oOJHA.588@xxxxxx

> Hi,
> I recently noticed that the % of free space on my system disk had dropped
> considerably. On investigation I found that the folder
> <username>/AppData/Local/Temp had filled to about 55% of my 120GB drive.
> Many of the folders/files were months old.
> Is there some setting I can change to clear the folder when I log out or
> shut down or do I have to delete the files/folders manually?
> Many thanks
> Joe
 

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MarkStega

New Member
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#8
I too am seeing lots of Tempnn_name.zip directories getting created in my temp directory. I have confirmed that these are getting created by Google Desktop Search (If I disable GDS and download a zip file nothing happens, if I enable GDS and download a zip file then I get several Tempnn_name.zip directories with the contents of the zip expanded. I have searching in Zip files turned off in my GDS configuration)

There is a closed thread here (http://www.vistax64.com/vista-file-...-automatically-extract-vista-temp-folder.html) of someone else having the same issue.

And there is a (not very active) thread on Google Groups that at least acknowledges that the problem exists.
 

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