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Can I delete the C:\ randomly named folders?


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#1 bigalexe

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:57 AM

Ok I have a number of folders on my primary drive "C:\" and they all have names that look like someone smashed their face into the keyboard. I've been told they are backups or windows update residual data. What I want to know is if it's safe to delete the bastards because it's an organizational nightmare.


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:32 PM

What are the exact names and locations of some of the folders?


Edited by Allan, 01 April 2013 - 03:33 PM.


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 08:38 PM

All folders are in the main C:\ directory and not in any subfolders. Example would be something like these:

 

C:\7e86a1a5b641a82866ad1665fdc3d1

C:\97e4fb21cc80c6aa23594dab309745fe


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 07:10 AM

Yes, those are almost certainly left over from updates. Any time you aren't sure whether or not something can be deleted, you can easiliy move it to a temp folder and reboot. If there are not ill effects after a day or so, just delete them from the temp folder. Even better, if you use disc imaging software on a regular basis you never have to worry about such things. Do whatever you like and in the worst possible case you can always recover easily.

 

In this case, however, you can safely delete them.



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 08:45 AM

Did it and nothing broke. We'll call it a success.


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