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

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    Hello,

    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

    miles01110

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    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

    lucifiel

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    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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