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    FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    What are these files and can I get rid of them? Found.000, Found.001 and so on. I have tried opening them with Notepad but they seem to be empty. All files and folders including System are unhidden.

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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    Cbd--

    The short answer is Yes--you probably can delete them with safety unless rarely you have saved something special with them, and from these threads that's extremely doubtful. See particularly this explanation.
    Here are some threads that MAY discuss these files and how they get created. Also this O'Reilly annoyances.org thread. They seem to be problem files organized and saved together after you run Chkdsk on XP and ScanDisk on a Win 9X/ME machine.

    From these threads: "The found folders are damaged files, corrupted data or files that didn't get saved correctly after a bad shut down or a crash (usually) or in some cases a failing/bad HD. Moving the page file to a physically seperate HD can sometimes speed up access and reading but that to can cause some problems if for some reason windows can not access that drive on start up to create or check the swap file. In that case it will abandon that one and create another one. Moving the swap file to a different drive letter on the same physical drive will not add any more performance or stability. For most people, let windows manage the swap file and keep the HD defragged. Generally (unless you are an expert), whats in the these folders can be deleted unless you know that there is data in them that you need to save for some reason. XP then can repair or rebuild it's own needed files after a crash. Onthe rare occasions when XP requires that the system run ScanDisk on your drives, it does in fact create .chk files (if necessary). XP creates a folder called FOUND.000 in the root of the drive with the problem files, and it places any .chk files that it creates/rescues into that folder. Note that the folder is HIDDEN, and that you may need to adjust your folder view options in order to see and access it."

    Also see ''FOUND.000'' folder created???"

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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    Hi, Cowboy ~

    Those are folders that usually contain files that typically end in '.chk' and are lost/damaged clusters of data that could not be identified during a 'CHKDSK' run. From what I know, your chances of recovering data from them are low unless you utilize professional services. If you don't seem to be missing anything or are not worried about them, I believe you can remove them with jv16 Power Tools or at the command line if you can't delete them otherwise.

    Are these left over from a backup image of a previous installation of an older HD? If not & you have a lot, it may be indicative of pending HD failure.

    Here is a MS link regarding 'CHKDSK' . Scroll down to 'Correcting Problems by Using Chkdsk' to read about 'Found.xxx'.

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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    Thanks guys. I went ahead a deleted them and restarted and everything seems to worken great. I have an exact copy of this drive, so If need be I could replace the files. But I will run things for awhile and see if I notice any problem. I don't think I will because those files seem to be empty . Thanks again.

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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    Bruce,

    Right there, bigger than life, was my lesson learned for the day. Thought CHKDSK was gone with the wind or, at least, that XP didn't/doesn't make use of it. Thought SCANDISK took its place in WIN 98, etc. Cowboy, hope your system's all healed up!

    Thanks gang for keeping this old man hopping!

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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    Chkdsk. Chk it out Bill! Chkdsk /r is your most complete switch to run from the dos prompt. I would run it from there rather than from the gui.You too can accumulate those FOUND 0.000 files--some people have them up to a few GB. And here's a chkdsk trick for you--Unschedule a ChkDsk.

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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    These files should really have been named <font color=blue>LOST.000</font color=blue>, etc, to remind you of what might happen if your disk is flaky.

    If I got lots of these without an obvious reason (like an unexpected shutdown due to power failure, infant tugged the power cord, and so on), I would very rapidly buy a new hard drive and try to move everything from the first one ASAP.... CHKDSK is the place to look for potential problems.
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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    Those were from along time ago. Checkdisk has found no problems in a very very long time. I can't remember exactly what it was the last time chkdsk ran into something and created those, but I think it had to do with some stupid program locking up my Computer and me shuting down improperly. But that was along time ago and those 11 found.xxx files were empty. That happened almost a year ago. Thats how long those files have been there. Just never messed with them before now. These Harddrives run great {Maxtor 40GB 7200 RPM}, never even a glitch. They run fast and defrag great. Not one bad cluster.

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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    You're somewhat correct, Bill. CHKDSK has always been the NT equivalent to Scandisk, and it's far more thorough (and safe) than Scandisk ever was or hoped to be. So, it wasn't replaced....but when the NT code-base took over the consumer market with XP's release, you're being (re?)introduced to an old friend of NT users.
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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    Nice find on the 'Unschedule CHKDSK'! <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/yougo.gif>

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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    One of the big pluses of searching down a term/problem I haven't heard of is that google or the search engine will list enough of a different list/data base that you will run into these nugget sites--often one guy/girl putting on the site because they like teaching, sometimes an enterprise trying to help their "people" with resources--and after I hit the particular tip or problem I try to remember to hit "Home" because they can have some really extensive well done hyperlinks in their 'task panes' to parts of their sites that you would have never stumbled onto otherwise--and sometimes great free downloads.

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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    This is Whirling Dervishes Tweak List--the kind of reward you get from stumbling into these sites for one problem and hitting their home page.

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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    SMBP

    Thought I sent this earlier but the machine must have swallowed it whole!

    You mention running CHKDSK/r from the DOS prompt. Hmmmm. I don't seem to have a DOS prompt among my "All Programs" list above "Start." Having read all the good links in your post above, no clue surfaces. the gui link indicates that getting the /r in that method wouldn't work. And I don't think you meant use the "run" in Start. Or did you?

    So my question is, do I reboot and use F8 to get to a DOS prompt or did you mean some other way? Under five and over sixty-five you just have to lead people by the hand every step of the way. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    Bill--

    You can run it from 5 places. You can run from gui, the three command components of XP-- run box/ put "cmd" in the run box/ put "command" in the run box, or run it from the recovery console. Anecdotally, and on some good web sites, if you get into a problem where it continually runs on boot, or what some people call a "dirty bit," problem you can stop this behavior by running it from the Recovery Console.

    There was an interesting thread on chkdsk and dirty bit on this on XP a while back. If you skim some of the XP threads, you'll see a number with links on Chkdsk. Also take a look at XP Help and Support--it gives you explanations, matching links, and most all of the KB's. It's a really under-rated under used tool in XP. Just put in "chkdsk" in search or whatever else you want to look up. It's much better in XP than it has been.

    You can get to the dos 'emulator' prompt or command prompt in XP by going Start>Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt or just putting "cmd" in the run box. As you know, XP has a shell in which the MS-Dos prompt is emulated in a 32-bit system like Windows.

    These links may help context some of the command lines in XP:

    Command Line Syntax
    Difference between cmd.exe and command.com

    Some Chkdsk FAQ's

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    Re: FOUND.000 File (WinXP Pro)

    Yeah, yeah. So I got CHKDSK to run, on inactive HDs, but there was no way I could read the resulting information before it swished away. Since this is a command at the DOS level can't I add a > SEND TO, or a | MORE so I can read the results?

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