Free Up Hard Drive Space Your Computer

It just may be time to get rid of those unimportant programs and files that are taking up space today. I will show you free up hard drive space on Windows computers.

Disk Cleanup

 

 

The first method is to run disk cleanup, which will delete temporary files and other useless data open your file explorer window right-click on your primary hard drive from the list select properties. Click on disk cleanup then select the file types that you want to delete. When you’re done select ok then delete files if you want to clean up system files which don’t appear on that list once again let’s go back to disk cleanup.

Select clean up system files select more options before doing this next step you need to know that this will delete all system restore points except the most recent one. So you won’t be able to use older system restore points if you feel comfortable with that and your system is currently working fine. And under system restore and shadow copies select cleanup then select delete.

 

Storage Sense:

Along the same lines is disk cleanup is storage sense this will only work if you have Windows 10 running. The creators update sorb senses the feature that automatically cleans out your temporary files. That have been on your system for more than a month to enable storage sense right-click on the Start menu select settings and select system then select the storage tab. On the left on the right, if the option is currently turned off just select it to turn it on to change.  What storage sense cleans up select change how we free up space there are not many options here me personally?

 

Uninstalling Programs:

 

I would turn them both on uninstalling programs, is another great way to free up hard drive space. Especially if you download and play video games on your PC which can sometimes take up a lot of space newer windows operating systems have this newer method to uninstall software. Which you get to by going to settings and then selecting apps, I prefer the older method which provides more information by going through the control panel on newer windows operating systems.

 

It’s a little trickier to get to so I’ll show you one way right click the Start menu select run and type in “control panel” and hit OK select programs and features that you just uninstall any unused or unimportant programs. And while you’re at it if you have any large files or videos on your system, that you no longer need or want it might be a good idea to go through your files and folders.

 

Delete Temporary Files:

I discussed Windows disk cleanup, it does a good job but doesn’t delete temporary files used by other programs like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox sometimes. The temporary files in browsers can use up gigabytes of hard drive space a program. I use and you’ve probably heard me talk about them before it’s called ccleaner it’s a free program that i’ve been using 2 years with no issues and it does a great job of cleaning up my system.

 

Find Duplicate Files:

 

Having duplicate files on your system is unnecessary using a duplicate file finder can help to remove them for you to free up space. Outs logics duplicate file finder is a program that is great at removing useless duplicate files. I’ve always used the default settings but you can always customize. It to fit your needs also  ccleaner which I mentioned earlier has a very good duplicate finder. Which is included with the software just select tools from the left pane then duplicate finder after you have set your criteria select search if System Restore is using too much of your hard drive space.

 

 

System Restore:

 

You can always reduce the amount of hard drive space that is used for System Restore. This last one is a bonus tip because only recommend doing this. If you’re desperate for more space as this will give you less restore points to restore your system from. Let’s go back to the control panel right-click on the Start menu select run type in control panel hit ok, select system click on system protection in the left pane from the system protection tab.

Select configure here you can leave it as it is or change other options which include disabling the system protection. Which I would never recommend there is a slider which you can reduce to give your hard drive. More available space you can also

delete all restore points for this drive. It’s best to leave these settings alone unless you absolutely feel that you need to because System Restore can sure help with your system quits working properly that concludes this list of tips.

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