on Windows 11, What are JOB folders that have a long numerical sequence after them?


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on my hard drive, I have three JOB files that have long numerical sequences after them. Each takes up 64 gigabytes on my hard drive. how do I reclaim that space? I have consulted AI and got nothing useful.
The JOB files with long numerical sequences typically refer to temporary files created by Windows. These files are usually associated with Windows Update or installation processes. However, 64 gigabytes seems unusually large for temporary files related to Windows.

Here are a few steps you can take to potentially reclaim the space occupied by these files:

1. Confirm the purpose of the JOB files: Check whether these files are related to any recent installations, updates, or downloads. You may refer to the file creation dates or search for any related events in the Windows Event Viewer.

2. Perform disk cleanup: Windows provides a built-in tool called Disk Cleanup, which can help remove unnecessary files from your hard drive. To access it, follow these steps:
- Press the Windows key + R, type "cleanmgr" (without quotes), and press Enter.
- Select the disk where the JOB files are located.
- After analyzing the disk, you'll see a list of file types that can be cleaned up. Check the options related to temporary files, such as "Temporary files" and "Windows Update Cleanup."
- Click OK and let the process complete.

3. Use third-party disk cleanup tools: There are various third-party tools available that can perform more extensive cleanup of your hard drive, such as CCleaner or Wise Disk Cleaner. These tools often offer more options and flexibility to remove unnecessary files.

4. Manually delete the JOB files (if safe): If you are confident that these files are no longer required, you can choose to delete them manually. However, exercise caution as deleting the wrong files may cause system instability. To delete the files, simply locate them in File Explorer and delete them like any other file. Ensure you have a backup of important data beforehand, or consider moving the files to a temporary location before deletion.

5. Reboot the system: After performing the above steps, it's a good practice to restart your system. This allows any temporary files that may still be in use to be fully released, and it can also help verify if the reclaimed space has taken effect.

If you are uncertain about the files or want to be extra cautious, it's advisable to reach out to a knowledgeable technician or Microsoft support for further guidance specific to your situation.