How Long To Download A File

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In my download folder I had numerous utilities, photos, PDF Files, etc. that I downloaded with my browser. When I open the download folder, all I see are the most recent files I downloaded. Is there any way I can recover these files (utilities, photos, PDF files), or are they gone forever?

Jan 24, 2018 When to discard a download If the downloaded file is not something you need to use or reference in the future, or it can be easily downloaded later, you can delete the file. However, make sure the file is not important before it's deleted, because trying to find an old file can be difficult and sometimes costly to retrieve in the future.

It really depends on how or why the files disappeared. There are many possibilities, and I’ll run through a few options to see if we can get lucky.

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However…

  1. Jul 16, 2019 Make Windows 10 Accept Long File Paths. If you know you’re going to be using long file paths and long file names repeatedly, it’s easier to make Windows work for you. No sense using PowerShell to do the work every day. There are two ways we can do this. One is for Windows 10 Home users and the other is for Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise users.
  2. The files size may vary from about 1 Gigabytes to more than 2 Gigabytes, so depending on your Internet connection speed they can take about fifteen minutes to download and transfer to your USB flash drive. Did this answer your question?

More importantly, in my opinion you’re doing two things wrong, and one of those could impact much more than just downloads.

Downloads is for downloads, not for storage

In my opinion, the Downloads folder should never be used for long-term storage.

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It was never intended as a place to keep things, and leaving things in the Downloads folder is a recipe for disaster, which you’re discovering.

Instead, once you’ve downloaded something you intend to keep — anything — move it to a different folder of your own. Maybe create a “Utilities” folder in your Documents folder, maybe create a “Downloaded PDFs” folder somewhere. Perhaps create folders by topic, or whatever makes sense to you.

But move them somewhere else.

If you lost anything, you aren’t backing up

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Seriously, if you lost a file because the one copy you had of it disappeared, clearly you aren’t backing up. That’s true whether it was in the Downloads folder or anywhere else.

If you lost something because it was deleted, then it’s pretty obvious you hadn’t backed it up.

Change that. Now. Start backing up your computer. My recommendation is a periodic image backupYou may be out of luck

Difficult as it is to accept, it’s possible the files are gone forever.

Since we don’t know why they disappeared, there’s little I can offer to prevent this from happening again — except, of course, not using Downloads for long term storage, and making sure you start backing up your machine right away.

Why is Downloads so risky?

The problem with Downloads is pretty simple: I’m not alone in considering it inappropriate for long term storage. For instance, various disk cleanup utilities — including Windows’ own, shown above1 — offer to empty it, or just empty it without asking (they should ask, but it’s easy to overlook if you’re in a hurry).

Regardless of whether you agree with me or not, you need to protect yourself, and the easiest way is simply to move the files elsewhere once downloaded.

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1: Interestingly, this option is apparently being removed from future versions of Windows Disk Clean up. It may still exist in other tools, however.