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6 tips for cleaning your computer's hard drive

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Reviews' started by ekim68, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. ekim68

    ekim68 Thread Starter

    Jul 8, 2003
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  2. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor

    Jan 14, 2010
    That article IMHO contains some very risky suggestions.
    It is OK for the user with some knowledge, but then that type of user would not need the article in the first place.

    To someone following it without any real knowledge - they would be far better advised simply using the provided disk cleanup and clean up of system files.
    together with the suggested uninstall of any apps (programs) that are no longer wanted, and of course the deleting of unwanted personal data

    This one
    Use File Explorer to examine all the files on your system and then
    Google to see if it is safe to delete is one of the more risky advice I have ever seen in an article from TechRepublic
    and the
    Make sure to empty your recycle bin SHOULD read - ONLY after ensuring you DID NOT need those deleted files.

    The CCleaner suggestion with and it includes a registry cleaner - should read - BUT you should not use the registry cleaner.

    The deletion of duplicate files has always been risky - one maybe a system file in use and the other maybe the backup file, just because one is a shown as a duplicate does NOT mean it should be deleted.

    MY strong advise would be - as mentioned in the second paragraph above and if anyone reading the topic decides to follow the advice in the article, do so with caution.
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  3. kensam


    Jan 26, 2018
    I have been using CCleaner since 2004 (when i got my first laptop).. i never touch any system files. Uninstall unnecessary apps + Ccleaner + scanning/cleaning Virus via Antivirus and it works fine for my laptop or desktop. I just do not have any good knowledge yet to clean the files in the system
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