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How to Free Up Hard Disk Space in Windows

No matter what the size of your hard drives, but they always seem to fill up rapidly. If you're using a solid-state drive (SSD) then it offers even much lesser hard drive space than commonly used mechanical hard drives.

If you're looking for more hard drive space, then these simple tricks will help you free up disk space for your files and applications by cleaning the junk files cluttering up on your hard drive.

Disk Cleanup

When you browse the internet and watch videos, there are a lot of temporary files which gets stored eating up all important space. There is a windows built-in tool which scans your system and lets you delete these temporary files and other unimportant data. Just open My Computer and right-click on any one of your local drives and select Properties.

(You can also search for Disk Cleanup in the Start Menu.)

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Click the Disk Cleanup button in the disk properties window. This will scan your system for junk data and which can be deleted safely.

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Select the type of files you want to delete and click OK. This includes temporary files, log files, files in your recycle bin, and other unimportant files. You can also clean up system files, which don't appear in the list here. Click the Clean up system files button if you also want to delete system files. This utility will show you the amount of space that will be freed.

Next you can click on the More Options tab which is displayed when you select system file clean-up option and use the Clean up button under System Restore and Shadow Copies to delete system restore data. This option deletes all older restore points and keeps the most recent restore point. Before doing so, ensure your computer is working properly before using it.

Uninstall Unwanted Applications

Over a period of time, you install many software applications which you might not use. Uninstalling these programs will free up more space for you. Go to control panel and launch Programs and Features option. Carefully go through the list and see which programs you no longer use, select it and click uninstall.

Analyze Disk Space

You may also find out exactly which folders are using space on your hard drive by using a hard disk analysis program. These applications scan your hard drive and displays which files and folders are taking up the most space. One of the best tools available for free is WinDirStat (https://windirstat.net/download.html). After scanning, WinDirStat shows you exactly which folders, file types, and files are using the most space. A word of caution here - Don’t delete any important system files. If you see any folder eating up huge space under program files folder, then simply uninstall this software.

Temporary Internet Files

If you are using Chrome or firefox, then Disk Cleanup tool will not remove temporary files created by these browsers. Use their in-built option to clear browsing data. This feature is available under Options. Select what all items you want to clean up and process it.

Duplicate Files

If you have lots of pictures or images on your PC then you can use a duplicate file finder application to scan your hard drive for duplicate files, which are unnecessary and can be deleted. You may use freely available VisiPics (http://www.visipics.info/index.php?title=Main_Page) to delete duplicate images.

System Restore Space

If System Restore is eating up a lot of hard drive space for restore points, you can reduce the amount of hard disk space allocated to System Restore. The trade-off is you'll have less restore points to restore your system from and less previous copies of files to restore. If these features are less important to you than the hard disk space they use, go ahead and free a few gigabytes by reducing the amount of space System Restore uses.

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