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Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files

wysiwyg 08 Feb 09 - 07:25 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 08 Feb 09 - 08:55 AM
gnomad 08 Feb 09 - 09:52 AM
GUEST,goodlife 08 Feb 09 - 01:16 PM
wysiwyg 08 Feb 09 - 01:19 PM
wysiwyg 08 Feb 09 - 01:26 PM
JohnInKansas 08 Feb 09 - 02:01 PM
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Subject: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 07:25 AM

On my old computer, I had a shortcut on my desktop to my temp files where all the music and videos I'd played could be accessed. Now I have an E-Machine (Windows XP) and I can't find my temps. I can't remember how I found it last time, either. Using Firefox web browser.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 08:55 AM

MyComputer (you should be able to find this by clicking on your Start button if it's not on your desktop)

Local Disc C

Windows

Temp


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: gnomad
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 09:52 AM

Once you find the file you can right-click it and choose "send to desktop" to make a shortcut on your desktop for future use.

Since you mention Firefox, a shortcut to past web-pages for that is ctrl,shift & H.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: GUEST,goodlife
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 01:16 PM

if you are using xp music copied to your computor usually goes to the my music folder by default i don'see why it should go to the temp folder unless you are downloading from a bit torrent program and then it will download it to it's own folder


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 01:19 PM

Looked here, didn't see:

MyComputer (you should be able to find this by clicking on your Start button if it's not on your desktop)

Local Disc C

Windows

Temp

===

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 01:26 PM

Or rather yes, there is that folder, but all it contains are 4 0-KB .tmp files, and not the stuff I am looking for.

The folder I want is the one where if you're visiting a web page and a song plays that is embedded in that web page, it will automatically sit, for awhile, in a temp folder. Ditto videos. Some media players will play them back. They can be saved and copied to where you want to store them, renamed, opened for editing, etc.

E-Machines tend to be goof-proofed in a way I can't seem to crack. Dunno if this is a Windows issue or a Browser issue. Strokebrain here is making it hard to think all the way along the possible paths of where this folder should logically be hiding-- what I HAVE doen is click open every folder in My Computer that I see, to look at any subfolders it may hold.

This temp folder is designed, as I recall, to be a bit hard to find, for obvious reasons. :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 02:01 PM

In INTERNET EXPLORER, click Tools|Internet Options.

On the General tab, you should see a section called "Browsing History."

Click the "Settings" button there, and then click "View Files".

The window that opens is a WINDOWS EXPLORER view of your Temporary Internet Filles folder, which should be what you're looking for.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 04:55 PM

WYSIWYG

If you can't find your IE, in WinXP the folder you probably want, Temporary Internet Files, should be at %System\Documents and Settings\<User Name>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files.

For those looking over your shoulder:

%System is the drive where your Operating System is installed, and is usually C:\

User Name is the logon name of the user logged on when the files you want were downloaded. (There is a separate Temp Int folder for each user.)

For Vista users, going through IE is the preferred method, since you frequently will get an "Access Denied" when you try to click into the "Documents and Settings" folder (No many how many times you reset the sharing, updates seem to reset them back to "protect the system," You may have to logon as Administrator - not just as a "user with Admin privies" - to look there.)

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 05:56 PM

Yez I had looked for a User department but on this damn E-machine it's all dumbed down and different from what I recall on the good ole Gateway.

I'll try IE again-- that's a dumb version, too.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 06:12 PM

if there are no other users listed, it might be

C:/documents and settings/ owner/ local settings/ temp files

Or, in Firefox go to the menu at top: tools -> CacheViewer


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 06:16 PM

If it works as mine does, you will see a list. At the top are column header to sort on. You can do it by date or by size...etc. It 'should' show you images when appropriate and the exact name & location of the files.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 06:17 PM

JiK, I got it ion IE. Still need to find it in Firefox though.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 06:23 PM

tools -> CacheViewer   Don't see that.... see tools.... cache not mentioned.

version 3.0.5

Mozilla/5.0

???

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 06:31 PM

ahhh...I see...I mean, I remember...

Cache Viewer is an add-on,,(extension)! You have to go download it! Hold on


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 06:34 PM

here... https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2489

this is a clever GUI for what you get when you type about:cache into Firefox.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 06:37 PM

That is, you can just type "about:cache" and it will get several items... one is "disk cache". You get a list and location.....the add-on just clarifies it all MUCH better.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 09:12 PM

Got 'im, thanks Bill!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Acme
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 09:18 PM

The backwards way to find them, of course, is to open Windows Explorer and in "search" look for a file name you know to be in there, that you remember downloading. And once you find it, look around to see if the rest of your stuff is there.

You could copy it to an easier location (leave it alone for the time being till you see if it works) and direct your browsers to put the new downloaded temp files in the new location. Once you know it works, you can empty the old place if you want the space freed up, or to use it as backup for the earlier set of files.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Nickhere
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 09:28 PM

Susan, those 0-Kb.tmp files you described sound like 'aliases'. An 'alias' is a name for the file, not the file itself. It's like the icon representing the file rather than the actual data. If it says 0-Kb it sounds as if there is no data connected to that icon / alias. It might be the original data is lost or located elsewhere or been stored elsewhere under a new file name, though I'm not sure exactly why that would happen. I wish I could help you more than that, but my knowledge of Windows is rather limited.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 09:31 PM

"...look for a file name you know to be in there,..."

durn trouble is, some of them are renamed to a temp/cache name which has no relation to the original, which means you need to examine date/time/size - etc., to locate what you want. Some browsers do it themselves, and some sites have code on their pages that specify a certain naming system for files they don't WANT to be easily captured. Some even manage to assure that it will be deleted when you close your browser.

....................

So, glad something worked, Susan. Did you get the add-on, or just find the file?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 09:39 PM

Add-on, and bingo.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Acme
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 11:28 PM

I know, Bill, those names are sometimes incomprehensible.

The other thing to do is to download one again I (or make it a new one) and keep track of the name, then trace it to where it was put.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: pavane
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 07:24 AM

If you still can't find it, are you sure it isn't a hidden folder ?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 09:10 AM

JiK, I got it ion IE. Still need to find it in Firefox though.

Since each user has a separate Temporary Internet Files folder built into Windows, with access to it controlled by Windows it would seem logical that any browser should use that same folder.

In other words, I'd expect that the folder found using the View Files button in IE would be the same one that any other browsers would use. Many of the temp files are ported to other viewers and/or applications that aren't unique to what browser you use, and there seems no reason for the browser to need tell a media player to go elsewhere to get a tune-file to play or a video to run, when there's already a "standard place" that the players all know how to find.

Since I don't have another browser on my machines to check it out, I can't be sure that the others don't have their own places to put them; but have you tried putting a shortcut to the Temporary Internet Files folder that IE uses on your desktop, and then looking to see if new temp files show up there when you look at something in another browser?

Since the TempIntFiles folder will be full of cookies, I'd suggest looking at something simple like a static image and then see if there's a new .jpg or .gif in the folder.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 09:23 AM

Thanks, all. Using the info BillD posted, I have now solved this.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Bill D
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 10:23 AM

BTW...John, since I never use IE, I was startled to find that other browsers DO(by default) put copies of most stuff into a 'temp' file buried in the documents & settings IE folder. Not only that, those folders in the IE temporary internet files system don't follow the same rules as most folders, and some filemanagers won't even show them by default! I found stuff there months old, taking up lots of space. Somehow, I figured out how to stop this behavior..(don't ask me to explain the details now! :>)) I'd have to remember all over again.

Then, I figured out how, in Opera, to change and specify where I wanted the cache to be located. I chose IN my Opera folder with many fewer levels.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 10:34 AM

I am not sure some of the folks posting in this thread understood the difference between downloaded files you CLICK to save and files that the computer scarfs up automatically (unless you limit them in your settings). It's quite simple to decide where to save, and how to find, files downloaded intentionally-- I do THAT all the time! It's the other stuff that can be hard to pin down.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 10:38 AM

if for example you were viewing a wmv file search for *.wmv. You'll find squillions but you should find LOTS in wherever the computer puts them.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Bill D
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 10:51 AM

That's partially true, Richard...if you actually clicked on a known .wmv...or .mpg...or .avi, etc. file, it will end up with that extension in a "temporary downloads" file, and as long as you don't close your browser, it can be searched for...or just looked at in a file manager (Windows Explorer...or a good one.. *grin*)

But if you are hoping to save a file from YouTube, or some other site where you play the video within the site, you can't find it so easily. THAT is when it gets a name like OP3j35z (the type of name Opera give it) and ends up in 'some' cache many levels deep. Most of these files are now being done as FLVs, and 'most' need to be moved and renamed before you can be sure of keeping them.

Now, the newer versions of Firefox DO at least preserve a record of the original name/extension, and with the add-on I sent Susan to, they are more accessable.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: wysiwyg
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 04:19 PM

:~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Bill D
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 04:21 PM


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Subject: RE: Tech: Need Help to Find Temp Files
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 04:35 PM

If you are grabbing them on purpose you need a purpose-built grabber, and it makes your life a lot easier.


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