Do I need to keep downloaded files?
When To Keep
We recommended that, due to the low cost of external storage devices, making backup copies of important downloaded files is good practice. Doing so allows you to safely delete them from your computer's main storage, since they are easily accessed from your other storage device.
When To Discard
If the downloaded file is something that you need to use or reference in the future or you figure it can be easy to download later, it is safe to delete the file. However, make sure the file is not important before it is deleted, since trying to find an old file can be difficult and sometimes costly to retrieve in the future.
Tip: If you need an excellent place to keep small to medium sized downloaded files, consider copying them to a USB flash drive.
Tip: Some drivers should be backed up in case the company removes them from their website or the company goes out of business. However, for drivers that are updated frequently (e.g., video drivers) we usually don't recommend downloading these files since many times the drivers can be updated several times a year.
- Check out our help section for computer downloads.
- Why does my download stop before it is finished?
- Where do files go when downloaded?
- See the download definition for further information and related links.
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