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bjeiner

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I'm confused about my file size. When I highlight my downloads and click on properties it says 3.1 terabytes. Yet my hard drive is only 1 terabyte. When I check properties of the C drive it says 389 gigabytes used of the available 1 terabyte.

These downloads are all my music and movies that I'd like to keep, but I need the computer for work. I was going to move all these files to an external hard drive and wipe the computer. Is that the best option? Or could I partition the hard drive to have a clean part for work? Sorry I'm not very knowledgeable about these things. This is Windows 10
 
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Keeping your private music, video and data off on an external hard drive or another partition is only for organizing's sake.

What your company cares about is that you don't get viruses or get hacked. Because your work data is worth a lot to your company. Especially if your work involves customer private data, like email addresses, home addresses, credit card numbers. If you ever get hacked and the attackers stole customer data, it will cost your company a lot of money to deal with it - notify the customer, arrange free credit reporting for them, clean up the various machines and servers that you connect to etc. Like wise if you got a virus, it could spread to other work machines, and it is a big pain to deal with.

Not getting viruses and getting hacked depends a lot on what you do on the machine. Don't visit porn sites; they are a major source of malware. It's about money, the porn sites don't get much from you viewing their pictures, so they want a piece of your machine to do nasty work - like mass marketing email. All mass market emailers get blacklisted, and they need new machines all the time. Or they use your machine, part of a group of infected machines, to ping gambling sites to their knees - blackmail. Gambling sites cannot afford to be off line. Or your work data might simply get sold on the black market, there is always market for fresh new credit card numbers.

Don't download from bittorrent sites. They are another major source of malware. And antivirus firms turn a blind eye to those who are infected. a) the malware is too new and too numerous to keep track of b) antivirus firms don't like people pirating their software, because you see things like installation keys for Kaspersky Total Security and so on.

Then if you work machine is provided by your company, they have the right to install company spyware on it and monitor you. Bet you didn't read the fine print when they hired you.

So the best thing is to do your own things on your private computer.
 
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bjeiner

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Ok, but forgetting the issue of viruses and work computer. Why does the folder say that it is 3.1 terabytes when I only have a 1 terabyte hard drive?
 
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