My downloads folder has too much! Can I erase everything?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by obli84, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. obli84 macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2011

    I hadn't realized that my downloads folder had eeeeeverything I have downloaded since I got my mac. I now have a lot there and wonder whether I can erase everything in there and not loose the files... Also, does that take up space?

    Most of the time I drag the file I download (from dock) to an specific folder I want, so I assume it's safe there and the downloads folder just repeats it... true?

    Thanks a lot!

    j ;)
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Uh, if you "erase" everything then by definition you lose the files...
    Yes, all files digitally stored on a computer's hard disk take up space.

    No, you cannot assume that. Usually when you drag from one folder to another it removes the file from folder A and places it in folder B. Only one copy of the file is on your computer.
  3. lucifiel macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2009
    In your basement
    Unless it is dragged onto a different volume, in which case "drag'n'drop" copies, rather than moves, the file. But we just don't know here do we?

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