Weekend To-Do: Digital Trash Clean-Up

Weekend To-Do: Digital Trash Clean-Up

Anthony Nguyen
Mar 11, 2011

Although the recycling bin was originally developed to keep users from accidentally deleting files, the truth is these sucks are eat up precious hard drive space, significantly slowing down computer performance. So, what's on our list for this weekend's to-do? Clean that sucker out!

However, it's probably not the best idea to go in there and immediately click "Empty." That's a no-no. Unlike real trash, you can safely go through this digital bin without fear of catching a deadly disease.

We suggest skimming and sort through the larger files first. Usually these are movies, archives, and obnoxiously large folders housing programs and media files. Once you determine they are indeed guaranteed to-be-goners, delete them and then proceed to the smaller files.

The smaller hard drive eaters tend to be temporary documents, images, or music. You can usually go through these a bit faster since they're likely available somewhere online these days, but be wary going through deleted personal digital photos as they are usually irreplaceable.

Another suggestion for safely taking out the digital trash would be to invest in a backup solution such as Apple's Time Machine or one of the many backup services we've covered.


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