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  • Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

    Okay, so I finally hooked my XP up to the internet connection. But now I notice that each time I view a youTube video, I wind up losing space on my computer.

    Is there anyway I can prevent YouTube video's from taking up space on my computer after I get done watching them?

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    Re: Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

    Delete your temporary internet files before closing your browser?





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      Re: Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

      Originally posted by Disney Wrassler View Post
      Okay, so I finally hooked my XP up to the internet connection. But now I notice that each time I view a youTube video, I wind up losing space on my computer.

      Is there anyway I can prevent YouTube video's from taking up space on my computer after I get done watching them?
      It's not youtube as much as it's your browser. Your browser has a cache it keeps of temporary files. That will contain graphics, files, and other things. The cache has a defined size and will grow until it's full.

      Youtube and other video sites download the flash movie to your computer.. so they take up space until they are deleted as the cache needs more space.

      You could define your browser's cache to be very small, but you'd only be hurting your browsing experience.

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        Re: Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

        Thanks guys!

        Can you tell me where the temporary internet files are typically stored?

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          Re: Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

          Originally posted by Disney Wrassler View Post
          Thanks guys!

          Can you tell me where the temporary internet files are typically stored?
          Depends on which browser you use and which OS. So what are you using?

          Look for the options portion of your browser, there will be a configuration section for 'temporary internet files'

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          • #6
            Re: Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

            Yes tell us what browser you're using. You can clean out the cache from the browser options.

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            • #7
              Re: Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

              Internet Explorer

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              • #8
                Re: Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

                Download CCleaner. Run it once a week or whenever you need to.

                CCleaner - Home
                Saratoga Springs - Sep 14th 2010

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                • #9
                  Re: Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

                  Thanks DD. I'm downloading it right now and will give it a try .

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                  • #10
                    Re: Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

                    WOW! I just started to run it a few seconds ago and already it cleared up over 100MB of space!

                    EDIT: Make that 4GB of space!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

                      Those things are often more trouble then they are worth.

                      To the original question... the browser will only take up as much space as you tell to to in it's temp files setting. If you are fighting for 100mb of space.. you should be chasing bigger fish then your browser.

                      Things like service pack uninstalls... ensuring your recycling bin is actually emptied.. and application data.

                      The best thing to do is find out where the space is actually being chewed up and areas that are abnormal, clean up.

                      JDisk Reporter is a great, fast, simply analysis tool to map out where space is being used.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

                        I have my Firefox set up to clear out the browsing history & cache every time I close the browser. Plus I use mu CA Security Suite's cache cleaner feature as it cleans out the cache from both Firefox and IE (even though I rarely use IE).

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                        • #13
                          Re: Why does YouTube cause me to lose space on my computer?

                          Thanks for the tip about deleting the cache.

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