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    Save money by cleaning up your hard drive




    BEST PRACTICES

    Save money by cleaning up your hard drive

    By Lincoln Spector
    Like the proverbial hall closet, your internal drive whether platter-based or solid state can only hold so much.
    It's not just a space issue; an overstuffed drive can affect system performance, too. Here are some tips to reduce the clutter.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/best-practices/save-money-by-cleaning-up-your-hard-drive/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

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    Hello Lincoln, nice column. Is there a way to find the "original" file and does the "original" file show up in the duplicate files list? In other words, if I choose to delete all the duplicates, will I also delete the "original" file? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perri 7 View Post
    Hello Lincoln, nice column. Is there a way to find the "original" file and does the "original" file show up in the duplicate files list? In other words, if I choose to delete all the duplicates, will I also delete the "original" file? Thank you.
    Wouldn't the files show properties when looking at them? The original and any duplicates should have different Date Created properties, shouldn't they (in most cases)?
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    I am not so sure bobprimak. I have noticed when you move files around the creation date changes. I could be wrong, but that seems to be my experience.

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    I fail to see any basis for worrying about "original version" of files.

    Surely the "last modified" date attribute is more important?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perri 7 View Post
    I am not so sure bobprimak. I have noticed when you move files around the creation date changes. I could be wrong, but that seems to be my experience.
    Good point, Perri 7. Sometimes that does happen. But as Coochin points out, the real issue is whether or not the files have been modified in any way. Last Modified would be consistent even for moved files, and should be the best guide as to which versions are really complete duplicates.
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