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Ok To Delete Temp Files?

by Jay M / March 27, 2004 11:32 PM PST

This may be related to the C drive space problem in a previous post.
I had an amazing amount of space taken up on my 40GB drive, about 30GB. Then I went to Documents/Local settings/Temp files and deleted all the Temp files in that folder. I now have only about 5GB filled on the C drive. I did have to to re-download a program I needed, but I think it was worth it to get all this free space again.

Did I do anything wrong?

[Windows XP]

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Re:Ok To Delete Temp Files? In short? Yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2004 12:39 AM PST

One of the ongoing concerns is that the current and past Microsoft offerings still require you to maintain the system.

While this may be just fine for seasoned computer users that want to know what is that and how is that done and more, many people want to check email and get web content without having to deal with this.


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Jay, There Is Something Strange About What You Are Saying...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 28, 2004 5:38 AM PST

I try to keep the "C\Documents and Settings\YourUsername\Local Settings\Temp folder" free of .tmp files and other unnecessary files that can locate themselves there. For most users, you can clean out that particular folder of all files as long as you haven't saved some personal documents there.

That said, I've NEVER seen the "Temp" folder contain 30 GB of file space used. I've seen the "Temporary Internet Files" folder and the "Temp" folder contain large numbers of files, but unless there was a problem, they shouldn't use that much space. Have you been able to determine why so many files were placed in that folder on your WinXP computer?

Just curious.

Hope this helps.


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Re:Jay, There Is Something Strange About What You Are Saying...
by Jay M / March 29, 2004 3:01 AM PST

Hi Grif

Maybe this had to do with the DVD writer I recently installed to replace the CD-ROM? I have been placing DVD files on the Hard Drive in order to burn them to DVD-R. Once done, I delete the file. I noticed the Hard Drive fillup was happening around this time. But none of the Temp files I deleted seemed related to video files.

Also: I recently initiated a Hard Drive backup, then aborted it after about 5 minutes. Could saved files have been placed in Temp?

Oh well I'm a newbie as we know

Thanks for all the input! It is appreciated!


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Jay, Yep, That Is Completely Possible...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 29, 2004 7:05 AM PST

Many DVD and CD writers will place the saved image files in the Temp folder. Since they are extremely large files, they would take up space in a hurry.

Good job.


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