the Download folder?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by lukester, May 22, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2009
    When you download files, programs and once they are installed, do you keep those files in your Download folder for a backup or do you delete them?

    My folder is getting full of lots of downloaded stuff, thinking about cleaning house.. thoughts?
  2. Mal
    macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I delete them, unless I won't be able to redownload them, in which case I have a folder called "Installers" that I store them in. You don't need them once the program has been installed, and usually you can redownload if you ever need to reinstall.

  3. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2010
    I'll leave them in the download folder for a week or two in case for some strange reason I need them again. I know I could delete and download again but since it's there already I can save myself some time if the need arose. There are never more than maybe 7-8 at one time in my case.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2010
    I put them in a folder and when it's big enough I burn them on DVD (I know I'm old school :()
  5. macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2011
    I am OCD about keeping as much free hard drive space as possible. A good program that you can find on the App Store is called Spacie (Link).

    It just gives you a nice overview of where most of your space is being used. There may be some free options I am unaware of but this was pretty cheap and does exactly what I want. It may just be what you want for "cleaning house". :)

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