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What are system error memory dump files? Is it safe to delete system error memory dump files?  In this post from MiniTool, this article will show you what system error memory dump files are and how to delete them with detailed steps.

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What Are System Error Memory Dump Files

After performing a disk cleanup on your PC, you may find that the system error memory dump files take up much space. You want to delete it to release some free space but you don’t know what it is and whether it is safe to delete it.

Actually, it is not hard to understand what the system error memory dump files are. When your Windows operating system crashes or encounters error like BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), Windows collects all available information stored in memory at the time of the crash and "dumps" it into a file, which is helpful to be used to diagnose the system error.

Here are four kinds of memory dump files. All of these dump files are stored on the drive where your operating system installed, normally the C drive.

  • Complete memory dump: this type of memory dump file takes up the most disk space, as it contains a copy of all the data used by your operating system in the physical memory. Let me explain it to you with an example: If Windows uses 6GB at the time of the system crash, the memory dump will be of 4GB as well.
  • Small memory dump (256 Kb): this type of memory dump takes up the least disk space. It contains very little information but it is very useful in the debugging process.
  • Kernel memory dump: this type of memory dump is the 1/3rd the size of your physical memory. It includes the memory allocated to Windows kernel and hardware abstraction level.
  • Automatic memory dump: this type of memory dump has the exact same size of memory of Kernel memory dump.

Is It Safe to Delete System Error Memory Dump Files?

Support engineers can use dump files to determine and diagnose the possible reasons for the system error. However, for ordinary users, they will not use the dump files for debugging.

Besides, as the dump files keep accumulating, they also take up a lot of disk space. Sometimes the system error memory dump files can even reach the size of 100GB, which may affect your computer performance.

At this, some users wonder: can I delete system error memory dump files? Is it safe to delete system error memory dump files? Well, deleting the files will not affect the normal use of your computer. So it is safe to delete system error memory dump files.

By deleting system error memory dump files, you can get some free space on your system disk. However, dump files can be recreated automatically every time when there is a system crash. So it is necessary to delete system error memory dump files on a regular basis.

However, some users report that they are unable to delete the system error memory dump files Windows 10 by using Disk Cleanup utility on Windows operating system. Is there any other way to delete system error memory dump files Windows 10/8/7? Don't worry. The following will show you 5 effective methods to delete system error memory dump files with detailed steps and screenshots.

Method 1. Delete Dump Files via Elevated Disk Cleanup

If the normal disk cleanup utility cannot help you delete system error memory dump files, you can run elevated disk cleanup instead. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Type disk cleanup in the Windows 10 Cortana search box. You can also press Windows + S keys on the keyboard to open the search box.

Step 2. Right click on the best match Disk Cleanup and choose Run as administrator.

Step 3. Select the drive you want to clean up. If your operating system is installed on C drive, just select C drive and click OK. Then wait patiently when the tool scans your drive.

choose a drive to scan

Step 4. Check all the boxes which you want to remove and press OK. Windows will automatically check some useless files by default. Scroll down and you will see the system error memory dump files listed, check it and click OK.

check system error memory dump files and click OK

Method 2. Delete Dump Files via Third-party Space Analyzer

Using third-party space analyzer is also a simple way for you to delete the system error memory dump files on the C drive. And I recommend you to use the Space Analyzer embedded in MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition, for it is a piece of 100% safe and reliable partition and disk management software.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition is an all-in-one partition manager. It can help you extend C drive without data loss, migrate OS from HDD to SSD, convert MBR to GPT to enjoy the benefits of GPT disk, format partition, convert FAT to NTFS and so on.

And its Space Analyzer feature is extremely useful when your hard drive is running out of space, and you wonder which file is taking up too much space. The Space Analyzer uses graphics to give a better view of the hard drive space usage.

Next I will show you how to use the Space Analyzer feature to find and delete the system error dump files on your PC. Before proceeding, you can download the free software by clicking the following button.

Free Download

Then follow the steps below to go ahead.

Step 1. After downloading the MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition, install it on your PC and launch it to get the main interface. If you have not downloaded yet, click the following button.

Free Download

Step 2. On the main interface, select the Space Analyzer feature from the top toolbar to launch it.

click Space Analyzer

Step 3. Choose a partition to scan from the drop-down menu and click Scan. To find the system error memory dump files, you should choose the drive where your operating system installed, usually C drive.

select C drive and click Scan

Step 4. Wait for the completion of the scanning. Depending on the number and size of files, the time for analyzing the disk usage may vary from a few minutes to hours for files.

Step 5. Here you might have noticed that the interface is divided into two parts. Double click the .dmp file extension from the right side of the panel.

choose .dmp file extension from the right

Step 6. Then you get the following interface. Right-click the MEMORY.DMP files from the list and choose Delete (Permanently) from the menu.

delete system error memory dump files from Space Analyzer

When the system error memory dump files are deleted successfully, you can close the Space Usage Analyzer. You can also delete other types of useless dump files on your PC if they take up too much disk space.

You see, how simple it is to delete system error memory dump files with this Space Analyzer. If you need to delete dump files or free up disk space on your Windows PC, you can download the free software.

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Method 3. Delete Dump Files via Extended Disk Cleanup Utility

You can use the Extended Disk Cleanup utility to clean system error memory dump files if the normal Disk Cleanup tool doesn’t work. Let’s see how to run this tool and delete system error memory dump files via it.

Step 1. Type command prompt in the dialogue box.

Step 2. Right click the best match Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator from the right-click menu.

Step 3. In the command prompt window, copy and paste the following command and hit Enter.

cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 & Cleanmgr /sagerun:65535

Step 4. Then the Disk Cleanup Settings window will pop up. Select the files you want to delete including the system error memory dump files and click OK.

check system error memory dump files and click OK

Step 5. Restart your computer and check if system error memory dump files have been deleted.

Method 4. Delete the Dump Files from the File Location

If the above two solutions don’t work, you can try deleting the files physically. First, navigate to the dump file location via Windows File Explorer and then delete the system error memory dump files manually. Here are detailed steps.

Step 1. Type Control Panel in the Windows 10 Cortana search box and click the best match to launch it.

Step 2. Then select System and Security.

click system and security

Step 3. Click the System category on the panel.

choose system

Step 4. Click Advanced system settings.

choose advanced system settings

Step 5. Click Settings button under Startup and Recovery.

click settings under startup and recovery

Step 6. Now you can see that the dump files are saved in the system root folder. Click on the drop-down menu under the Write debugging information; you can select a type of dump files and check where it is stored.

check out dump files and its location

Step 7. Then copy the location of the dump file. Don't copy and paste the whole path, as you just want to navigate to the location but not to open. As for the screenshot, you just need to copy %SystemRoot%.

copy the location of the dump file

Step 8. Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box. Then paste the dump file location to the Run box and hit Enter.

paste the system error memory dump files location to Run box

Step 9. Search for the file named MEMORY.DMP and delete it permanently.

delete MEMORY.DMP permanently

Step 10. Restart your PC and the dump files will disappear.

Method 5. Delete Dump Files via CMD Commands

You can delete system error memory dump files via Command Prompt. By running commands listed in this part, you can remove dump files and other unnecessary files on your PC, such as system log files, temporary files, etc. Now follow the steps below.

Step 1. Type cmd in the Windows 10 search box. You can also press Windows + S keys on the keyboard to launch the search box.

Step 2. Right click the best match Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

Step 3. On the Command Prompt window, type the following command one by one and hit Enter after each.

fsutil usn deletejournal /d /n c:

del “%temp%*” /s /f /q

del “C:$Recycle.bin*” /s /f /q

del “%systemroot%temp*” /s /f /q

vssadmin delete shadows /for=c: /all /quiet

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

Step 4. Restart your computer.

By following the steps in this post, I successfully deleted the system error memory dump files on my C drive. And Method 2 is awesome!Click to tweet

Bottom Line

Now you should know what system error memory dump files are and how to delete it with 5 different methods if the normal Disk Cleanup utility doesn't work. If you want to delete system error memory dump files Windows 10 to release some free space, try the above method right now!

If you have any question about how to delete system error memory dump file on a Windows PC, you can leave a message in the following comment zone and we will reply as soon as possible. If you have other better solutions, we are glad to have you share it with us. If you need any help when using MiniTool software, you may contact us via [email protected].

System Error Memory Dump Files FAQ

What are system error memory dump files in disk cleanup?
System error memory dump files are generated when your operating system crashes or encounters various blue screen errors. The dump files are stored on the C drive. If you run disk cleanup to scan C drive, you will find the system error memory dump files. You can delete them via disk cleanup.
How do I get rid of system error memory dump files?
The disk cleanup utility can be used to get rid of the system error memory dump files stored on the C drive. Besides, third-party space analyzer such as MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition can also help to find the memory dump files by the .dmp file extension and get rid of those memory dump files though its Delete option.
Where is system error memory dump files?
System error memory dump files are stored on the drive where the Windows operating system is installed. So, normally the system error memory dump files will be stored on the C drive.
How do I delete a win dump file?
  1. Type disk cleanup in the Windows search box.
  2. Right click on Disk Cleanup and choose Run as administrator.
  3. Select the drive (normally C drive) to clean up and click OK.
  4. Scroll down to find the system error memory dump files on the list.
  5. Check the box next the system error memory dump files and click OK to delete the win dump file.
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