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Sep 01

Just an out-of-game tip for my fellow Mac-using WoW players:

After a few months of use, your WoW application folder will get cluttered with large, unnecessary files – remnants of old patches, mostly, which can safely be deleted.

If you’re looking to clear some hard drive space, this thread confirms that you can safely delete any old patch files with “a blue tornado icon or comet icon” except the Background Downloader and Blizzard Updater.

(These are generally files with names like “WoW-2.3.2.7741-to-2.3.3.7799-enUS-patch” or “WoW-2.4.2.8278-to-2.4.3.8606-enUS-downloader”, for instance.)

You can find these files in the base-level World of Warcraft directory.

You can also delete the /Patches subdirectory, although – as a blue poster points out – you might want to delete selectively if the downloader is pushing content in advance of an approaching patch.

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Comment by Kestrel

Made Wednesday, 3 of September , 2008 at 3:57 am

Just a note of caution: You may occasionally run into a Critical WoW Error, which nothing short of running the Repair utility will resolve.

Invariably, the result of that exercise will be that your WoW installation is set back to a much earlier point in time (in my experience, right around patch 2.0). And then you need to download and reinstall every.single.patch. since then.

It’s MUCH easier to simply launch all those patches in order, rather than go through the interminable download process.

Unfortunately, I speak from experience. :(

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