Where Did these Oddly-named Folders Come From, and How Do I Get Rid of Them?

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I run Windows XP Professional on my Dell OptiPlex desktop. I also have a 1 TB My Passport removable drive for storing my data by just copying to the drive. I discovered two folders suddenly appearing on the folders on that drive. Four additional folders have now been added to the previous two. The folders have these numbers: 9c132e36a0fc6471430a1e192 and similar. Each folder contains two folders names amd64 and i386. Only the first folder with the top numbers contain some data. Access is denied each time I want to delete them. How can I delete them and prevent further incursion of these folders on to the removable drive?

This isn’t some kind of malicious incursion. It’s actually expected. It’s simply a side effect of how some software setup programs operate and how sometimes they don’t clean up after themselves.

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What Does It Mean When My Email Program Asks If It Should Compact My Email?

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When I close my email program, Windows Mail, I constantly get a message that says I can compact the mail. Do I wish to do that? I say no as I don’t know what compacting it entails. What happens when it’s compacted and will I be able to reconstitute the mail that I have in the various folders so that I may respond to it, forward it, or whatever?

Compacting should make the files on disk smaller and potentially the access of emails thereafter a little faster.

I say ‘should’ because compaction has what I’ll call a sordid history. In Outlook Express, compaction was a land mine.

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