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#15328 - 08/26/03 05:48 AM Wiping index.dat
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index.dat files keep a history of all the files within the directory. Now, being the little paranoid child I am, I wrote a simple cleaner for these files. I call it "clean" and it simply takes the first argument (the filename) and creates a file with the same name, essentially "over writing" the old file with a new one (yes...I realize there are much better ways of doing this...). But for some reason, I cannot get rid of the index.dat file located under The Documents and Settings folder of my User in Windows XP Home (C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Cookies\index.dat). I have tried my clean program, deleting it, opening and erasing its contents...I simply can't get rid of the data.

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#15329 - 08/26/03 02:23 PM Re: Wiping index.dat
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do you just get permission denied errors? If the file is write locked then you're out of luck. Try renaming the file too, and if successful, rebooting.
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#15330 - 08/26/03 02:50 PM Re: Wiping index.dat
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The error is that it is in use by another person and/or file. I am the admin on the box so permission denied errors are a no go. I do not believe the file is write locked. And I can't rewrite for the same reason I can't delete.

Meh, I will probably just have to boot to DOS to delete it...

By the way, does anyone know a workaround or a hack so you can get WindowsXP to boot to DOS, or do I still have to use my windows 98 boot disk?

Thanks

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#15331 - 08/26/03 05:17 PM Re: Wiping index.dat
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Windows has file locking on important files. index.dat is one of them.

There is a way to disable the file locking, look in the newest issue of 2600 magazine under "Windows XP Tips and Trix" or whatnot...
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#15332 - 08/27/03 02:30 AM Re: Wiping index.dat
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haha, I picked up the new one today without even seeing your post. Coincidence? I think not...

Thanks.

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