Elements: When deleting a copy, will deleting from the hard disk remove only the copy?

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Deleting copies
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Mark Storoshenko

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Yes. The catalog references the file on the hard disk. Deleting the file in the OS deletes the file from the organizer.
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Steve Lehman

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Hey there Mark, 

From a Windows standpoint (and for the Mac later) I would like to add that the copy goes to the Recycle Bin in Windows in case you want to restore it, and the copy is not completely lost from the disc.  If you delete a file from the Recycle Bin, the copy is no longer in that bin but the first letter of the file is replaced by a dollar sign ($) as it goes to the lost files folder on the disc which a place you will never find, but it is seen from a recovery program which can find these files and restore them.  To completely delete the files use the "disc cleanup" utility. 

On a Mac, deleted files go to the Trash Bin where files can be dragged back out to the original folder to be restored, or deleted from the Trash Bin completely.  Again, any final deleted files can be removed in the Finder window. 

In the Finder, go to the menu bar, click on "Go to Folder" and type ~/Library/caches.  That will delete the files or folder that are taking up disc space.  Alternatively, you can eliminate the tilde (~) symbol in /Library/Caches to perform the same function.   

When deleting files from both computers, at the disc files in Elements will be deleted but can be recovered like above.  

Steve Lehman, mcse, a Windows guy