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In computer, we can copy one file as its copy. We can say them (2 copies of the file).

To keep 2 copies of the file would be waste space.

Then, if one file has slight differences with the other one, but one of them is no longer useful.

Can I say

To keep 2 copies of the file would be waste space.

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First, the original sentence doesn't quite sound natural because the act of keeping isn't equivalent to "waste space". However, you could say

To keep 2 copies of the file would waste space.

To keep 2 copies of the file would be to waste space.

To keep 2 copies of the file would be a waste of space.

To keep 2 copies of the file would result in wasted space.

Second, if the second version isn't a copy of the first, then the reasoning no longer holds; you're not deleting the old version because it's a copy but because it isn't needed for another reason. In this case, you might say, for example,

To keep an obsolete version of the file wastes space.

It's a waste of space to keep an old version of the file.

It wastes space to keep an out-of-date file.

Space is wasted by keeping multiple versions of a file.

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