Ok to delete .bak and .gid files?

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  1. asdf

    asdf Registered Member

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    HI,
    [glow=yellow,4,600]I used a nifty program called advance xp tweak.I got it from a british windows xp magazine which i will subscribe to.
    Anyhow part of the program is disc cleanup where it will scan for .bak .tmp and .gid files and others which presumably can be deleted.
    I deleted many of them but not all, i left system.bak alone.Tds3.gid was there and dcsfps.bak and radius.bak .
    Can these backup files be safely deleted?[/glow]
     
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    Hi Journey, welcome here.
    For the radius i can say it could happen something happens with the file and you can step back to the former (bak) version. It is created every time you update the radius overwriting the former one. So you can delete it safely without any problem other then in case you need it back.
    The other files for TDS, i would leave them there if you can.
     
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    Ok Jooske ,i deleted many files but a couple were being used so they got left .Also left the tds.gid files too.
    Cheers,
    Journey
     
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    dcsfps.bak And this one?
    DCS never lets you clogg up the system, they make files needed for your security and if created again overwriting what there was already in stead of adding to an existing file; also hope you didn't delete all those security copies of essential system files hidden in the TDS directory.
     
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    Yes i checked and the dcsfps.bak files are gone.,Deleted.
    I figured being backups they were not needed.
    There were actually quite a few of them ,all the same size too.16500kb ea. or thereabouts (from my memory).
    TDS3 still has all the primaries,traces and variants,up to date.
     
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    I meant to leave all TDS files intact.
    I think those dcsfps.bak files will be re-created for your own safety and leave them there please. In my folder they have different sizes and these are secure copies of essential files which can be put back from there just in case of need and damage on the working file.
    Like said, if there is anything in the TDS directory it has a goal and nothing unnecessary will be there as the DCS developers don't like waste of space either.
    In case the files don't come back after a new reboot and starting TDS you might like to consider a re-install of TDS.

    From the TDS helpfile:
    File Protection System

    File Protection for TDS-3 - DCSFPS2
    TDS-3 now has an additional system on-board to ensure that its critical files are never deleted or corrupted. This file protection system, code-named DCSFPS2 for short, allows TDS-3 to maintain a database of secured backups of critical files. If it ever detects that a critical file has been deleted or corrupted, TDS simply gets DCSFPS2 to restore the file from its secured backup stores.

    As an real-world example, the Update feature of any anti-virus/anti-trojan system is an important capability. In TDS-3, if the Update system is ever deleted or corrupted, TDS-3 will simply restore a known-good backup of the Update files, alert you with a message, and then things proceed as normal with the Update facility launching.


    As an additional security measure, while DCSFPS2 is active (eg. whenever TDS-3 is running) its secured backup files are locked, preventing both read and write access.

    The DCSFPS2 system is fully automatic and transparent to the user - it takes care of everything, and the only time you'll ever hear from it is when it has restored a backup from its secured stores.
     
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    Hi Jooske,
    I will leave the backup files alone on the security programs from now on, thank's.If Tds3 has a corrupt file or cannot work properly then i will uninstall and install again.
    It looks quite content at the moment.
    Cheers,
    journey.
     
  8. Jooske

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    In that folder are not only TDS files but system files from critical / essential windows files.
    Does your tool have an undelete option?
    Else look if the files in that folder are back after your next reboot and starting TDS.
    I had it once or twice a backup file was put back from there while i didn't know i crashed it.

    Good that your system seems rather clean now! Sounds as a nice tool.
     
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    [shadow=yellow,right]The radius.bak file is there as is tds3.gid.As for the dcsfps files i can't see any there.
    They have been deleted Tds3 is still working though
    If it plays up i will reinstall.
    My next comp will have ashampoo so that a thorough uninstall will take place each time i want to remove a program. ;),[/shadow]
     
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    As long as you keep the backup files which are placed there for your own convenience and security.
    It's one of the strengths of TDS to keep encrypted backup copies of critical files while trojans, other infections and crashes might attack those originals in the first place. In most cases backups are there to keep something you might need in a later date.
    You don't run XP so you can't go back to a former restore point to have them back and do some of your cleansing housekeeping again?
     
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    Hi journey,

    One small caution on deleting all *.BAK files... If you have Microsoft Office or Word installed, you may corrupt your install and have to reinstall the product under certain conditions.

    This is unrelated to TDS, but, may be important for people deleting all such files off their systems. It is explained and can be discussed more over here:

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=12830;start=msg82791#msg82791
     
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    Gavin - DiamondCS Former DCS Moderator

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    TDS will generate new .BAK files when next started, delete them if you wish but TDS will try to protect itself :D
     
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