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One Step to Delete “Files in hidden subdirectories” – Cpanel

If you are using shared web hosting services from any hosting provider and it happen to be managed through Cpanel Control Panel. 

You may have noticed a bar under the title “Files In Hidden Subdirectories” , like shown in the image below:

Files in hidden subdirectories

You may have wonder if it is safe to delete files mark under “Files In Hidden Subdirectories” and even how to delete these files? 

Well, you can do this in just one step but you must first understand this hidden files in these subdirectories.

  • What are these Hidden Files?
  • Is it safe the delete files in hidden subdirectories?
  • How to delete Files in hidden subdirectories?

What are the files under Hidden Subdirectories?

Most of the hidden files are trash files (Not all), just like recycle bin in your windows PC. 

The trash folder contain all the files and folders deleted through File Manager and even deleted emails. 

If you have some application (a website) which delete files from server then it may land up  under trash folder and quickly eat up your disk space. 

Sometime even deleted backups are stored in trash folder. 

Is it safe the delete files in hidden subdirectories?

The simple answer is “Yes”.

If you are well aware of the content under trash folder, then its safe to delete these folder.

How to delete Files in hidden subdirectories?

To delete these files follow :

  1.  Login to cPanel
  2.  Go to files –> Disk usage
  3.  Scroll down, you will see Sort directories option
  4.  In that you can find .trash folder, click on it and delete your unwanted data.
Files in hidden subdirectories

Its always nice to review your disk space uses from time to time. 
At Netspace (India), We notify all our Linux Hosting customers to review the disk space uses as soon as they started using 80% of the disk space allocated to the linux plan. 

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