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What Folders Are Safe To Delete?


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#1 English Teacher

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 04:40 PM

Hi
Once a week I run a computer cleaner to get rid of temp files etc etc. And once a month I run a defrag program and check disk program....sometimes more often if I have un-installed or deleted lots of things. However, after reading a newsletter from Download.com saying about this little program called "Remove Empty Directories" which finds empty folders etc...I gave it a go.....it found over 500 folders....
Now I did not delete anything as some of these folders were in Windows, Windows\system32
What I'd like to know is what can I safely delete? Are there any rules to deleting empty things?
I have always thought that these files have to be there as some programs..when you run them...write info in them and delete this info when you close it. I'm not sure if I am right or not but maybe somebody can say.
Thanks a lot

Running Windows XP Pro SP2 Pent 4 3Ghz 512MB RAM with only 80GB Hard Drive

Edited by English Teacher, 17 October 2007 - 04:41 PM.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 04:47 PM

Well...don't believe that everything some people do on a system...is done because it serves any purpose :thumbsup:.

I was a computer newbie back in 1996 (small hard drives, small RAM, limited capabilities compared to today) and I never worried or fooled with empty directories then...nor do I today.

If you are a user who runs chkdsk, defrags, has a decent AV program that is current, has a couple of reliable malware programs current, has a firewall active...and you've updated and run all these things and feel that your system is in good shape...then I suppose it's OK to worry about deleting files and directories that some program might be looking for. If you cannot find anything better to do :flowers:.

I don't know of a single instance where an empty directory ever caused a system malfunction.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 04:54 PM

Have to agree with Louis on this one> I will not use any third party program to "clean" my PC. All I do is run from windows accessories is disk clean up from time to time.
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 04:56 PM

:thumbsup:

Hiya,,

Equally to go along with Hamluis, If it aint broke, why fix it ?

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 08:57 AM

I just wanted to try and make the computer faster. I have heard that so many unused files etc can slow a computer down. Also when you run the Anti-virus or anti-spyware programs.
Anyway thanks for your help!!
PS yes My computer is all up to date.
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 10:02 AM

I would never trust an application to correctly identify items or files or folders to delete. If you do elect to use this application, then make sure you review what it recommends, and delete only folders that you know are not important; the amount of space you might save is minimal, and the damage to your OS or to other applications could be significant.
Granted folders take some space, and your AV and AS will have to run through them from time to time, but you seem to be taking care of the major impediments through routine maintenance. If you have some spare time, you can certainly remove empty folders manually by cruising "safe areas" in Explorer.
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 11:08 AM

*.tmp,*.chk,~*.*
I occasionally search for and delete the above files, as well as empty the Prefetch folder in Windows.
Emptying the Prefetch will slow your system down temporarily. Also run CCleaner Slim (English only,
no Yahoo Toolbar) and delete everything except Windows Log Files (which deleting has never caused a
problem in the past) and usually don't delete anything in the Advanced section. CCleaner will also clean
the registry and backup anything deleted from it to replace if it causes problems. I guess I do this out of
habit, from the days of using HDDs 6GB and smaller. If you do go to far it is nice to have a backup of
your system on a separate HDD in case things do go wrong, as system restore isn't always amicable.

For speed I keep startups/autoruns to a minimum, only Windows programs, the firewall, and the anti-virus
run at startup, and probably most importantly, upgrade RAM to the maximum the system will allow.

I've had log files from Internet Security Suites grow to over 1GB, and deleted them from Application Data
folders. Back when we ran AOL software it dumped empty hidden folders onto the hard drive every time
it was used. Sure made a lot of mistakes along the way, but learned. And like the man said, "If it ain't broke..."
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ps : i never download anything from softpedia or download, just a personal preference i guess.




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