Duplicate Files?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mac.Virgin101, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. Mac.Virgin101 macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Please help me understand.

    When you download a file (a song for example) from the internet and it downloads into your "Downloads" folder in finder, than you drag it to your "music" folder, its permanent home...does this mean you now have 2 copies of this file, one in the downloads folder and one in the music folder?

    Is there any way to manage this without manually deleting things every time you download anything? Perhaps I'm missing something :confused:

  2. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    When you download it, instead of downloading to the downloads folder, you can saved it to the location you want. Check your browser settings.
    How are you downloading? Legally.... I hope.... :)
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Dragging a file from your Downloads folder to another folder on the same drive will not copy it; it will move it. If you're getting duplicate files with iTunes, it's likely you have the option checked in iTunes > Preferences > Advanced that says "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library"
  4. Mac.Virgin101 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hmmm....but I downloaded a widget yesterday (legally) and its up and running in my dashboard but also still located in my downloads folder. I dragged it to the trash and its still running in my dashboard....so what was it doing in my downloads folder?
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Apps are different. If you download an app, it's usually an install file. When you install the app, the install file (the package that installs the app) remains, which you can delete.

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