Do I need to keep downloaded files?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

When To Keep

DownloadWe 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.