Can I delete after tranfer

By bobatfrench
Jan 16, 2008
  1. Hi there, aI am new person on this forum, got a question about a external hard drive I just installed. I have a small c drive, and bought a nice 250gig external, want to tansfer most of my files on the c drive to the e drive(new external), what I need to know before I do anything, after I transfer can I go ahead and delete the files from the c drive.

    Usually I do not have a dumb question, but I am doing a blank on this one. Any help would be welcome. Never used a external hard before.

    Thanks Bob
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Once you have copied all your files over to the external drive
    Go to My Computer and open the external Hard Drive and confirm all files are actually OK.

    Depending on how critical your files are (for backing up) you may wish to have two backup sources ( one on external drive, one on C drive)
    But normally, once confirmed OK, just delete all the non-needed files on your C drive
  3. bobatfrench

    bobatfrench TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Can I delete these files

    Thanks for the great advice, I am still showing a few gigs I would like to move, but not sure if it safe or not, like windows unistall that is 490mb

    Again thanks for the help.
  4. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 872   +12

    You should probably leave Windows files alone. If you want to delete Windows files you should use the Disk Cleanup feature. Go to Start> My Computer then right click C: and choose Properties under the context menu. Now click the Disk Cleanup button and let the wizard do its work. It'll take a few minutes to figure out what it can compress and then it'll let you choose which files you can delete. Don't just start deleting Windows files willy nilly.
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