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Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 6/23/2021 8:27:29 PM   
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Hi again,

I'm tempted to delete from 10 to 30 games that I rarely look at... on the high end it would free up 40 GB of disc space. Current hard drive has 639gb free and 291gb used. Everything is running fine but I hate to see drive space disappear.






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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 6/23/2021 8:29:18 PM   
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Yes.

You could always install them if you get a hankering.

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 6/23/2021 10:04:49 PM   
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IMHO, I'd leave well enough alone. You have plenty of hard drive space left, and reinstalling games and then patches, and then mods, can be a real hassle.

Now if it was one 40GB game on Steam, and some get a lot bigger than that, then I would certainly delete one game to save that much space. But 10-30 games, may not be worth it.

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 6/24/2021 2:34:53 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Rosseau

IMHO, I'd leave well enough alone. You have plenty of hard drive space left, and reinstalling games and then patches, and then mods, can be a real hassle.

Now if it was one 40GB game on Steam, and some get a lot bigger than that, then I would certainly delete one game to save that much space. But 10-30 games, may not be worth it.


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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 6/24/2021 4:00:15 AM   
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I probably have close to 100 games and the way I choose which ones stay (though like you I have plenty of space) is if I've played it in the last 6 months it stays. If haven't played it longer than that it goes. Right now I'm down to 3 games installed just because I haven't played much in the past year. There are many I haven't played in several years.
If I get a hankering to play one that's not installed it's easy enough to download it again.

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 6/24/2021 1:36:30 PM   
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Since I use a relatively small C drive of 560 GB or so, I frequently delete what I'm not playing. Matrix has the serial number for re install in the members area. Steam same thing, the few games that are not like that I have the disks. Never given me any issues.
The worst that happens is I forget the switches to employ for certain games to run nicely in Win 10.


Well, if you delete them and then reinstall them but need the switches, I suggest that you use either a text program to save the switches by copying and pasting them into a text file or even use a spreadsheet to save them.

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 6/24/2021 8:20:13 PM   
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Remember you can compress a folder on disk via Properties->Advanced. If the assets are already compressed it won't make much of a difference, but if not you could gain a decent amount and still leave the games playable (at a small loading speed cost, although perhaps not if you have a slow disk and quick CPU).

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 6/24/2021 9:31:32 PM   
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40 gig is nothing for a hard drive these days. I just keep everything and if I'm concerned about space I shove in another hard drive. I have a full size tower so I still have two empty bays. Currently four TB in hard drive space not counting a 500gb SSD for system and non game stuff. Plus most of my games these days are on Steam so I can install/uninstall easily. I guess I'm just lazy.

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 6/25/2021 8:29:16 AM   
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Depends if they are any good:)

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 6/25/2021 3:13:07 PM   
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With Steam and GoG it is just one click of a button to remove or re-install a game, so I do it all the time. And the savegames are maintained in the cloud even when uninstalling and it allows me to switch playing from the fauteuil on my laptop to my desktop from a solid chair, depending on the state of my back.

So the actual installation is just a minor change in configuration.

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 6/30/2021 1:03:15 AM   
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Thanks to everyone for the advice... so far I haven’t deleted anything yet. I may boot up a few and see if they’re worth keeping but I decided against a mass deletion.


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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 7/26/2021 1:28:43 PM   
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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 7/26/2021 3:42:02 PM   
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That depends whether or not the deleting is intentional. If it is, it's an absolutely splendid idea.

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 7/26/2021 4:36:28 PM   
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It’s like stuff in the house or in your files that you haven’t looked at in 10 years, I tend to get rid of the stuff, you can always reinstall the games unless it would take to long to install them based on internet speed. I am in the same predicament, have 100’s of games but play the same five. It stinks but that’s the way it just works out as we move ahead in years. Either way you’re fine.

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 7/26/2021 9:37:25 PM   
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What are the five?

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 10/6/2021 8:08:08 AM   
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I think is reasonable to delete the games that you are not playing anymore. Save the space!

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 10/6/2021 7:11:29 PM   
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I have plenty of disk space so I seldom delete games because I never know if or when I may get a craving to play them again. On the other hand, if a game is so bad that I wish I'd never purchased it in the first place, I might delete it just so I won't have to see its name again.

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 10/6/2021 9:51:58 PM   
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The Five
Panzer Koop
battlefield 5
Euro truck simulator

really only the first two of late

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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 10/6/2021 11:21:25 PM   
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I have a folder of 65 older, mostly dosboxed games some of which I haven't played in years or never played that I always keep on my pc. They only take up 24 gig and it's easier to keep them installed than have to find and reinstall from cd's or thumb drives when they get mentioned here or on another discussion forum and I want to revisit them. Just this year that's happened with Over the Reich, Achtung! Spitfire, and QQP's WWII Battles of the South Pacific.

With GOG and Steam I only keep games I'm currently playing or where I have a long running campaign going installed and visible in my library.



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RE: Is deleting a lot of unplayed games a good idea? - 10/6/2021 11:31:20 PM   
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I only keep the very few that I'm playing on my computer. I don't like a lot of clutter on my desktop.

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