I have a server running Server 2016 and the C drive is getting full. This server's only role is to run an accounting program (MRI) that requires SQL Server. I have two SQL Server files in the download folder and I was wondering if I can move these. These were extracted from ZIP folders that were downloaded. The larger one is 5Gb and the folder name is SQL 2012 Full X64. Eventually I'll need to upgrade the hard drive but as a temporary fix I'd like to move the folder if I can. Is it safe to move this folder and any others that are in the download directory to D:\ I posted an image of the contents of the file. File contents

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    That sounds like those are installer files.
    – TomTom
    Mar 1 at 18:43

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The "Downloads" folder that you can see under "This PC" is just a visual representation of the "Downloads" folder in your user profile (usually C:\Users\username\Downloads). That's the default location where your web browser saves files you download.

Being a user-specific location, it doesn't contain system-wide files or settings. (*)
You can safely delete or move away anything located there.

Additionally, that's the typical folder structure of a SQL Server installation media; those are installer files, you don't need them during normal operation.

  • (*) Unless someone really, really screwed up...
    – Massimo
    Mar 1 at 20:50
  • So if I move them and something breaks can I simply move them back? Mar 1 at 22:13
  • Well, of course. But it's highly unlikely. A user profile contains personal data, not system files. If you delete things in your Documents folder, you will probably miss them, but the system won't care at all.
    – Massimo
    Mar 1 at 22:24
  • To be perfectly clear: the only reason I'm not saying "go on and delete them" is because I don't actually know you system. With a lot of effort I could imagine a very unlikely situation where someone not in their right mind did something really bizarre and managed to create a dependency on those files. This wouldn't make the slightest bit of sense, but I've seen worse things...
    – Massimo
    Mar 1 at 22:37
  • TL;DR: unless something insane is going on, you can safely remove those files.
    – Massimo
    Mar 1 at 22:37

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