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#1 godzilla1347

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 12:14 PM

This is probably something that is simple to answer but in case I screw it up, there could be large consequences so I thought I would check.

 

I've noticed that everything I've ever downloaded goes into the download folder and it is massing up a lot of storage space. The question is, if I don't need to re-download any of these items, can I delete them without causing system problems?  There is a lot of garbage in there and items I have no idea about but they are taking up a lot of storage space. I would think that anything that has already been downloaded is either installed or has been saved to a file and that anything I delete from the download file wouldn't affect my system operation but thought I would check.

 

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 12:33 PM

Usually you can just delete those items such as installers for programs. But program installers shouldn't take up

a lot of space. Maybe you have other files there such as music and videos that you either copied to a different folder or

haven't moved or copied to a different folder. When in doubt attempt a search using whatever those file names offer.

Often right clicking on a file and choosing properties will give enough info to help you decide whether to keep or not.


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Posted 14 September 2014 - 01:36 PM

I have saved all files that I need that have been downloaded.  However, I see some 10 MB files and multiple MB files sitting there. If I had already downloaded them for use, unless I need to re-download them, I don't see that they serve any purpose sitting in my download folder.

 

My concern, however, is if I start deleting the files in my download folder for items that have already been downloaded, will my system be compromised in any way?



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Posted 14 September 2014 - 11:42 PM

Unfortunately, this vendor doesn't allow users to pull slides from the presentations. It's probably a security issue because they don't want sensitive information to be disseminated. However, for me, it's a complete pain in the butt! I had to copy the data on each slide into an email and waste a lot of time. I'm not sure if it's the same problem with Go To Meeting but if the latter allows users to copy slides, I'm going to advise my company to go with them instead.



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Posted 15 September 2014 - 01:25 AM

Somehow my above post went to this forum and should have gone to the video forum as it's a separate issue. Addressing this thread, my concern is simply that I see downloads piling up and a lot of memory is involved. Every download I've needed to save has been saved and it appears that once I have downloaded a file, I no longer need the original download file but these are piling up.

 

So I had assumed that unless I need to download one of these files again, I could delete them with no harm to my system.  Before I do so, I thought I would check if that is safe and that's why I posted.



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Posted 15 September 2014 - 08:53 AM

Delete them. No harm will be done by deleting the files. Deleting them will have no effect on the program if it is installed on your computer.

The problem with keeping the installer in Downloads "just in case I need it again in the future" is that by the time you need it again there may be a NEWER version of the program. For many programs it is critical to get updated versions.

I delete downloaded program installers on a regular basis. So far doing so has had no negative impact.

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Posted 15 September 2014 - 10:07 AM

That's what I had thought but figured it was wise to double check with those who have experience with this.

 

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