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    what is formatter.log file?

    I have this file in the root of my C drive on Win 7 Home Premium. It is 12,286 KB in size. I'm curious as to what it is and do I need it. It appears it was only written to and used on one day.
    Ed

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    No files should be in the root of C: with the exception of Microsoft boot files and the page file. Move the file to C:\Temp and if nothing complains delete it.

    cheers, Paul

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    Try opening the file in Wordpad and see if there are any clues to the app its associated with. .log files can be safely deleted. The app that originally created it might recreate the next time its run though. it was probably written as part of an install.

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    Notepad shows this at the beginning of the file:

    CreateFile(\\.\F -> e4 at .\Win2kdll.c 3367
    Handle Count = 1
    DeviceIoControl(IOCTL_STORAGE_GET_DEVICE_NUMBER) at .\Win2kdll.c 3411
    CloseHandle(e4)
    Handle Count = 0
    CreateFile(\\.\PhysicalDrive2) -> e4 at .\Win2kdll.c 3450
    Handle Count = 1
    DeviceIoControl(IOCTL_DISK_GET_DRIVE_GEOMETRY) at .\Win2kdll.c 3496
    CloseHandle(e4)
    Handle Count = 0
    CreateFile(\\.\PhysicalDrive2) -> e4 at .\Win2kdll.c 3772
    Handle Count = 1
    DeviceIoControl(IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO) at .\Win2kdll.c 3798
    CloseHandle(e4)
    Handle Count = 0
    LengthInfo = 7744512
    SD_W2k_DDReadPT offset=0 secsize=1
    CreateFile(\\.\PhysicalDrive2) -> e4 at .\Win2kdll.c 762
    Handle Count = 1
    CreateFile(\\.\F -> e8 at .\Win2kdll.c 778
    Handle Count = 2
    DeviceIoControl(FSCTL_DISMOUNT_VOLUME) at .\Win2kdll.c 785
    DeviceIoControl(FSCTL_DISMOUNT_VOLUME) at .\Win2kdll.c 786
    ReadFile(E4) at .\Win2kdll.c 897
    relative =8192 total = 7736320volsize 2 7736320

    Most of it is comprised of this:

    WriteFile(11C) at .\Win2kdll.c 1332
    SD_W2k_DDWritePT offset=7191808 secsize=256
    WriteFile(11C) at .\Win2kdll.c 1332
    SD_W2k_DDWritePT offset=7192064 secsize=256
    WriteFile(11C) at .\Win2kdll.c 1332
    SD_W2k_DDWritePT offset=7192320 secsize=256
    WriteFile(11C) at .\Win2kdll.c 1332
    SD_W2k_DDWritePT offset=7192576 secsize=256

    I'm not really sure what any that is saying. It was created 4 months ago and I just don't remember anything unusual happening then. I'm just going to move it or rename it and see what happens. I'll give it a couple of weeks, then delete it if nothing happens.
    Ed

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