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HUGE freaking .Cab file on my SSD

  1. #1


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    HUGE freaking .Cab file on my SSD


    So, for the past month or so, I have been constantly getting warnings about low disk space. This is happening even after clearing out things and installing NOTHING on it (C drive). I have moved downloads to D: and it's still filling up. After clicking "Show Unknown" in WinDirStat, this HUGE file shows up, taking up 47% of my boot drive... WTH?

    Halp?

    EDIT:
    I cannot copy the path, it doesn't know where the file is. I have hidden folders shown and system folders on top of that. Thanks for the support guys. I have also UPLOADED A SECOND PICTURE that shows how it fluctuates.
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  2. #2


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    Windows 8 Pro


    I'd start with going to administrative tools, right clicking on disk cleanup and run as administrator. Note what shows up.

    Have you disabled system restore?
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    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    1. Enable hidden and system files in File Explorer settings
    2. Click this yellow rectangle - Ctrl+C - post here.
    3. Click this yellow rectangle - Ctrl + E - take screenshot so we can see the size - post here


    P.S. System Restore doesn't create cab files.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    System Restore only creates files in the "System Volume Information" folder.

    Whatever the heck that is, I'd delete it ASAP, but before you do, use WinRAR to open it, and see what's inside of it. 30 Gigs is a hefty file - That is the Size of a Blue Ray disk. Maybe that's what it is, have to tried copying any Blue Rays?

    It looks like a Backup of some kind, so you can Poll Googol for which Backup Programs use CAB files for storage.

    It COULD be an EasyFileTransfer backup that was nisnamed due to a crash or something.
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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    use WinRAR to open it, and see what's inside of it.
    You don't need WinRar or anything else to open a CAB. Just double-click and enjoy
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It depends - I have some CAB files that cannot be opened with Explorer, because they are actually RAR files. And I have some that cannot be opened with WinRAR. But I always start with WinRAR, I use Explorer second.
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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    It doesn't depend, because I talk about file formats, and you talk about file extensions.

    And I use explorer first, because if I need to unpack to a system folder, I can do it from a context menu, which is the fastest way. You can't do the same with WinRAR or 7-zip, unless you turn UAC off.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Exactly, because two files with the same extension can have totally different FORMATS. Either way, you can use both programs to open most of these formats, but some of them require something that WinRAR chokes on - And others requries something that Explorer chokes on.

    So either way, we agree that he should open the %^%$ file and see what it in it? Or ya wanna keep arguing about something we totally agree on?

    I use WinRAR because if it DOES choke on it, it gives me an error message that points me to what I need to do to open it. For instance, if it is Encrypted or Passworded.

    CABS and RARs use a lot of the same provisions, but not completely the same, there are variations within the two FORMATS. Which is why WinRAR can open most of them.
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    Mmm... I've never recommended opening a file, especially the one that looks abnormal I think we should wait for the TS, before the original question gets lost in the argument.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    That's why I suggested WinRAR, it will open it and not run any processes which may be in it. Explorer may not do that either, but there is a chance there is a script. But it needs to be looked at.

    Ok, then I suggest Ultraedit (UUedit)- You can look at the Hex code and see what it might be.

    Look the issue is, not "Which Program or Built In Windows Featrure will best open a CAB file" - The Issue is "How can that be opened SAFELY. Usually I use Notepad to open files of less than 5 MB, for a quick look. UUedit is better, when I want to take a betetr look - But that is a 30 GIG CAB file.

    So, WinRAR ought to safely show what's inside of it. Or, open it from a a networked computer with Explorer.
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