Copy files from browser cache to your folder on hard disk

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March 28, 2009

You watch photos of your favorite celebrities on the internet and skim through the photos clicking the “Next” and “Previous” buttons in the photo galleries. You sometimes wish to save them on your hard disk but you hold back remembering the tedious task of right clicking each photo, and saving it. All the files that you see on the internet are saved temporarily on your hard disk and remain there for a certain time in the browser cache. So, you can save those photos by simply copying them from the temporary internet folder. Not only photos but many other files including videos are saved for a short time in the temporary folder. Copying files from browser cache can be very helpful sometimes to retrieve important data even when you’re offline.

The cache folder or the temporary files folder is available for all browsers. For Internet Explorer, browser to the following folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

You can directly access the folder from the Run command or if you want to open it entering inside the respective folders, you need to check the option for Showing Hidden files and folders from the Tools Menu as the “Local Settings” folder is hidden by default.

For Mozilla Firefox, the cache files are located in a different folder. In your Mozilla Firefox Address bar type the following:


The files are both in your memory and file cache. The files are not directly viewable. You can check it out by clicking on “List Cache Entries” under Memory cache device. You can save the temporary internet files by clicking on each file’s link and saving it but this will take up lot of your time. So, use the utility MozillaCacheView for making it easy. With this utility, you can easily select the files that you require and save them to another folder at once.

In Opera the cached files are saved in the following directory:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Opera\Opera

You can directly copy the temporary files from this location and save them to your desired folder. All the images are saved in the “images” folder. Well OperaCacheView, similar to Mozilla Cache View also lets you do this and you can choose any method to accomplish your task.

So, you can copy your cached files to the folder of your choice by moving them from the temporary folder used by your browser.

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