Post by Paul Post by slate_leeper
I understand that these normally having something to do with Win-7
error checking. What I am concerned about is that they appeared in my
Downloads directory. All except the .chk file are the exact same
length (5,120 kb),. The .chk file is 8 kb.) All are time stamped
yesterday, about 5 pm.
Note that these same file names exist in
windows/softwaredistribution/datastore/logs where the size of the
three larger is 1,280 kb. The latest date modified on those is
So, what are these new ones doing there, and can I delete them?
Would they be journal files for a Jet Blue ESE database ?
Microsoft likes to use that, for things like SearchIndexer,
WindowsUpdate, and possibly some mail project.
There's not a good reason for that to be in your
Downloads folder. If you had a portable tool, that made
a jounaled database, then that might explain it.
Find some files ending in .edb on your computer,
and see if a set of journal files are right next to it.
Then compare the names, to see if the names have
a similar format.
Windows.edb is used by the Search Indexer. And
somewhere in SoftwareDistribution, should be some
sort of .edb file as well.
You may need something like Agent Ransack, to find files
like that. For example, the Search Indexer is not allowed
to index its own database file (as that would cause a loop),
so by definition a Windows search box should not be able
to locate Windows.edb. But Agent Ransack or Everything.exe
shouldn't have a problem finding some .edb files for you.
If you were a crazy person, you could go to the Search Indexer
control panel, move the location of the database to
your Downloads folder. And maybe then the journal files
would end up in Downloads ?
I actually have the search indexer turned off (windows search service
set to disabled.)
All the .edb files found with Ransack seem to be related to Windows
Live Mail and Calendar, which may explain this. I just installed eM
Client email on both my Win-7 and new Win-10 computers. I am going to
be using this program as the default email on the Win-10 computer. I
installed it on this Win-7 computer because it automatically imports
all your existing contacts, emails, etc. from Windows Live Mail,
making it easy to put them on the new computer.
The eM Client install file is in the Downloads folder. Perhaps it
installed these files in that same folder instead of in it's own
folder in appdata.
On the other hand, maybe not related. Just ran that email program, and
date modified on these files did not change. But then the Live Mail
ones haven't changed since early February, and I run that at least
Balloon tip hovering over the edb.chk file says "Recovered file
fragment - pieces of files found when your disk was scanned."
Scanned by what? I am not aware of any scans performed.
So last night I ran chkdsk /f /r /b. All checks, including files,
passed with zero errors until the end where, just before it finished
and vanished from screen to finish bootup, I saw something like
"Bitmap has been repaired."
Someone who thinks logically provides
a nice contrast to the real world.