Hard Disk Space : Ways To Free Up and get Extra Space
Hard Disk Space On Windows is limited .. so it is necessary to have some tips To Free Up the given space on the computer.
Hard drives are getting larger day-by-day, but somehow they always seem to fill up. It is even true if we are using a solid-state drive (SSD), then it offers less hard drive space than traditional hard drives.
If we are hurting for hard drive space, these tricks should help us free up space for bigger essential files and programs by removing the unnecessary junk cluttering up our hard disk.
Run Disk Cleanup
Windows have a built-in tool that deletes temporary files and unimportant data—Right-click one of our hard drives in the Computer window to access it, and select Properties.
Click Disk Cleanup button in the properties window of the Disk.
Select type of files that we want to delete and click OK, which includes log files, temporary files, recycle bin files, and unnecessary files.
We can clean up system files, which don’t appear on the list. Click Clean up system files button if we also want to delete system files.
After we do, we can click the More Options button & use Cleanup button under System Restore and Shadow Copies to delete the System restore data. The button deletes all but the most recent restore point, so ensure our computer is working correctly before using it – we won’t use older System restore points.
Uninstall Space-Hungry Applications
Uninstalling programs will free up space, but at times there are some programs that use little space. We can click the Size column from the Programs and Features control panel to see just how much space each program installed on our computer is using. The most beneficial and easiest way to get there is to search “Uninstall programs” in the Start Menu.
If we don’t see the column, click the options button at the top right corner of the list, and select the Details view. Note that it isn’t always accurate because many programs don’t report the amount of space they use. An application may be using a lot of space but may not have any information in its Size column.
We may even want to use a third-party uninstaller to make sure any leftover files are deleted, and there is no wastage of space.
If we are using Windows 10, we can also open the new PC Settings and go to System -> Apps & features.
This will let us remove either Windows Store or regular apps and work on a tablet. We can still open the monthly Uninstall Programs in the old Control Panel if we want.
Analyze Disk Space
We can use a hard disk analysis program to determine precisely what is using space on our hard drive. These applications scan our hard drive and display exactly which files and folders are taking up the most space. We have covered the best ten tools to view and analyze hard disk space, but if we want one to start with, try WinDirStat
After scanning our System, WinDirStat shows us correctly which file types, folders, and files are using the space. Ensure we don’t delete any important system files – only delete personal data files. We see a program’s folder in the Program Files folder using a large amount of space. We can uninstall that program – WinDirStat can tell us just how much space an application is using, if the Programs and Features Control Panel doesn’t.
Clean Temporary Files
Windows’ Disk Cleanup tool is very useful, neverthe less it doesn’t delete temporary files used by programs. Like, this won’t clear Firefox or Chrome browser caches, that uses gigabytes of disk space.
Find Duplicate Files
We can use a duplicate-file-finder application to scan our hard drive for duplicate files that are unnecessary and can be deleted.
If we don’t mind spending a few bucks, we can use Duplicate Cleaner Pro, which has a beautiful interface but has many features to help us find and delete duplicate files.
Reduce Amount of Space Used for System Restore
If System Restore is using large hard drive space for restore points, we can reduce disk space allocated to System Restore. The trade-off is we will have fewer restore points to restore your System from and fewer previous copies of files to restore if the features are less relevant to us than the hard disk space they use and free some memory by reducing the amount of space System Restore needs.
These tricks will save space, but they will disable important Windows features. We don’t recommend using them, but if we desperately need disk space, they can help:
Disable Hibernation – When we hibernate our System, it saves the contents of its RAM to your hard drive. This allows it to protect its system state without power usage – the next time you boot our computer, we will be back where we left off. Windows saves the contents of our RAM in the C:\hiberfil.sys file. To save hard drive space, we can disable hibernate entirely, that removes file.
Disable System Restore – If reduction in the amount of space
That Restore uses isn’t good enough for , and we can disable System Restore entirely. Be out-of-luck if we need to use System Restore to restore our System to an earlier state, so be warned.