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Folders/Files Clogging Hard Drive


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joseph456

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It would be really helpful if someone could provide guidance on removing folders from "Application Data" for programs that have been removed. As an example there is one folder with 10 MB of folders for programs removed a long time ago.

Also the folder "Downloaded Installations" in the WINNT folder has five folders with 80 MB of programs I no longer have on my computer.

Any help regarding removing folders for programs that no longer exist would be appreciated. This is a 40 GB Harddrive with 9.5 GB remaining.

Thanks
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Just right click on the folders, hold down the Shift key and select Delete. Continue to hold the Shift key while you click Yes to the Confirm Delete dialog. You may also receive a prompt where you can respond Yes, No, All. Chose All.

Holding down the Shift key when you do this prevents the deleted files from being moved to the Recycle bin. They are truly deleted. Otherwise, once you've deleted everything, empty the Recycle bin to make them go away completely.

Just make real sure you delete only folder you no longer need.

Do you have an Image backup so if anything goes wrong you can recover?
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Thanks for your help. Any way to know for sure if the computer is not using the files? Or if they were application files does it not matter.

Not sure how to do an image backup, what software to use or where to back it up to.

I do have fairly large portable hard drives (250 GB) and this computer's hard drive is only 40 GB. Or should it go on multiple CD's or USB drives?
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