Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Mysterious file on my dedicated pagefile drive (flash)

Last response: in Storage
Share
January 11, 2010 6:11:48 PM

My Windows 7 pagefile resides on a flash drive connected via IDE ... formatted FAT32.

While I was defragging this drive, I noticed it was sloooowly moving a 391MB file called DUMP3ed3.tmp

I Googled said file and came up w/ no info.

The only file that should be on this dedicated drive is the Pagefile.sys ..... Am I right?

Just thought someone might know what this DUMP3ed3.tmp file is.

thanks.
a c 209 $ Windows 7
a c 415 G Storage
January 11, 2010 7:28:09 PM

Sounds to me like it could be a crash dump. It should be perfectly safe to delete.
m
0
l
January 11, 2010 8:39:51 PM

Sorry if this is a silly question, but why would a crash dump be created there of all places?
m
0
l
Related resources
January 11, 2010 9:31:46 PM

Microsoft decided that crash dumps were to go there.
m
0
l
a c 209 $ Windows 7
a c 415 G Storage
January 12, 2010 12:05:16 AM

I'm guessing that whatever wrote the file decided that the logical place to put it would be in the same folder as the pagefile. Windows itself writes a full dump into the pagefile if there's room.

I don't think that's a Windows dump file, though - that's normally put into the windows directory in a file called "MEMORY.DMP". The location is settable using Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> Advanced -> Startup and Recovery Settings...
m
0
l
!