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Organizing and Archiving Your Digital Media 332 Files in the first category are the easiest to deal with--just drag them to the Trash and be done with them. Files in the other two categories require that you take more complicated action with them. TIP Consider creating a "holding" folder for the files that you consider to be trash. Place the "trash" files in the holding folder for some period of time. Should you need them within that period of time, you can easily retrieve them, and then you might want to reconsider your classification of those files. Should you not need them during this period and they are truly trash, you can move them to the Trash and get rid of them. Organizing and Cataloging Your Media Files As you work with lots of files, you need to keep them organized in some logical way so that you can easily find the files you need. The need to organize and catalog files applies to both files that you want to keep accessible and those that you want to archive. Using the Finder to Organize and Catalog Your Media Files The Finder is your first stop on the organization trail. Mac OS X gets you started down this path by providing your Home folder that contains subfolders that, amazingly enough, are organized into convenient digital lifestyle categories such as Movies, Pictures, and so on. Using these Finder folders provides you with a good starting point. Within those folders, you can create subfolders and organize them according to your preferences. For example, in the Movies folder, you might choose to create subfolders for your movie projects by date, by subject, and so on. While the Finder isn't really a cataloging tool, with some logical and consistent naming on your part,