Memory dumps created by Win XP

By knailesh
Feb 22, 2012
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  1. Can memory dumps created by win xp be recovered meaningfully ?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    What do you mean?
    If you are trying to 'recover' the work that was lost due to a program failure - - NO.

    A memory dump is used by programmers to determine what failed.
  3. knailesh

    knailesh TS Rookie Topic Starter

    memory dumps by Win Xp

    Thanks jobeard

    I am worried that some one has stolen my comp and I gather that hardware and software geeks can recover very sensitive info and and financial data which though deleted can be recovered.. whether such info can be recovered from memory dumps.I mainly use Excel and foxpro25 (Dos) applications.

    Also would it be safe if files are deleted by utilities like file shredder or quick wiper or c cleaner utilities (with three pass delete).

    I have all the three utilities, please let me know which is the best if u can help me..

    Y=Thanks again:wave:
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    I see. A full dump of all memory (one of three options) would contain data from
    the active programs at the time of failure - - so yes, there is an exposure.

    The other dump option is the terse 64k version, which is merely a 'stack trace'
    showing which functions of the program call which others up to the point of failure - -
    no program data is captured.
    (right-click My Computer->Properties->Startup & Recovery Tab; select 64k for write debugging information)

    The last option is to NOT create dumps at all.

    %SystemRoot%\Minidump is the typical location for saving dumps.
    You should peek at this and see just how many you have lying about.
    A good system should not dump at all (duh!) but you should try to find out
    why failures are occuring and seek solutions.

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