Yes, you can delete the cache with no negative effects.
Although an 80 gig cache? That doesn't sound right at all. It really shouldn't be more than a gig or two at most.
Meantime, you can turn off the Auto Analyzer and that should improve performance a bit, as covered in the FAQs to the right of this forum.
And don't forget to download the program patch by selecting Check for Updates under the Help menu!
In case something happens with that pre-install, do you also have media? (CD or DVD to install)
Either way, you need to think about making a full hard drive backup... what I use is mentioned in this section of my Adobe notes page http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM#SmartOwn
Yeah - of sorts. Some Sony software made me create restore discs once I used my VAIO for the first time. There were two dual-layer DVDs, so I guess PSE and PRE backups were included. I'm yet to set up full-HD backup, though.
I followed your instructions yesterday after I read your post, and deleted the folder and disabled AutoAnalyzer. Today, the Media Cache folder is still empty, so I think the problem has been fixed
Great news and thank you for reporting that AutoAnalyzer was filling up the Media Cache.
Just to add I too noticed my system drive clogging up, and traced it to 65GB in the mediaCache Files. I do not have Elements but rather the CS4 Master Suite. I have been editing a lot of 720p 24n footage along with a good bit of audio in SoundBooth resulting in a lot of pek and a few cfa files.
Does anyone have a recommendation as to why these are building up so much, is there a way to auto clear.
I too noticed the red indication on my computer, Win7, utherwise I did not know to check.
As always all input is appreciated.
There might be more responses if you post to the PrPro CS4 and Earlier Forum. Now, CS4 did place more files into the C:\ folders, vs previous.
First question, however, is where are your Scratch Disks located?
Next, what is the layout of your I/O sub-system, i.e. your HDD's, their size, speed, free space, controller type and how they are allocated (especially your Scratch Disks)?
Note that Media Cache files can be eliminated, and if needed, PrPro will regenerate them. However, if you have located the Scratch Disks incorrectly, they will again take up the same space and in the same location.
Hello again Bill,
Scratch disks are on F:
Win 7 64 Q8400 @ 2.66 8GB ram
(sata) don't know if that's the controller
C: 150GB velociraptor system & programs 17 free (until I delete cache)
F: 500GB 7200rpm scratch 262 free
G: 1TB 7200rpm raw 202 free - having to off load occasionally to archive disk,
I hope I have followed Harm's recommendations on allocation of disks, only have the three separate.
Thanks for the fast responce.
Your allocation looks good. If you followed Harm's articles, you cannot go too far astray.
What you are probably encountering is the new to CS4 function of placing some files on C:\. Cleaning out that should work fine, but do expect it to fill, over time. In the "good old days," many recommended a tiny C:\, just large enough to hold the OS and the programs. That has now changed a bit, as of CS4 (and CS5).
Thanks for the setup check Bill, I'll have to keep an eye on that file from now on.