Reply to post: Beware of abnormally large files on root directory...

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

Luiz Abdala

Beware of abnormally large files on root directory...

...specially if they match the amount of RAM memory.

Classical who me? here...

Things like hiberfil.sys, pagefile.sys on windows... some other OSes store the entire memory load of the OS in a ginormous file on root, that is used when you reboot to commit all the changes... pretty much like Windows, but with much more cryptic names. And no .sys extension to help you.

I heard of such classic instances of someone deleting these key files... and that system refusing to reboot. At all. Or when it did, it looked like something freshly installed, without the millions of patches, updates, and configs tuned to that machine... systems that upon startup are asking for keyboard layout and Time Zones... telltale clues that Very Bad Things Happened™.

I may have done that myself... when Windows was not adamant about keeping those files...

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