Running out of storage space on your windows PC can be a disturbing and troubling scenario as your software and processing power of the windows PC are over clocked and may lead to the system to crash due to insufficient storage available for system resources and programs to use.
In our last article, we discussed top 5 best laptops for graphic design and multimedia. Today, we will share tips to free up space on your disk so as to store more files or run applications on your hard drive in Windows PC.
HOW TO FREE UP HARD DISK SPACE IN WINDOWS
Once you are able to follow through with the tips given below, you will have enough hard disk space to start enjoying your PC once again.
REMOVE PROGRAMS AND UNUSED APPLICATIONS
Basically, running a windows PC with numerous programs and applications can use up huge system storage space and even more ram, reducing the system processor speed. Hence uninstall the applications and programs that are installed on your computer which is no longer in use. In this way, you are freeing up storage space on the hard disk and also task load on the processor and you can install new programs or download photos or videos to your computer with the freed up storage space.
To check the running applications and programs on your windows 8/8.1/10 PC, and the storage space occupied by the programs, click on Settings and go to the Configuration page> Applications> Applications Details to see occupied system storage space. To uninstall any of the programs you don’t need, click on the program, you can see the option to uninstall that software.
FREE UP SPACE BY EMPTYING RECYCLE BIN
Every window PC has a recycle bin or trash where deleted files, software and documents which are deleted are temporarily stored where they can be restored and recovered, when a files is deleted, it still occupies space on the hard disk of the system. To free up space on your hard disk empty the recycle bin or delete files and folders permanently. To further delete a file or document so as not to occupy space in the recycle bin.
DELETE THE WINDOWS OLD FOLDER IN ROOT DRIVE
During every windows system upgrade, there are residual files of the former windows which are kept on the upgraded windows for recovery options and this can be found in a folder in the root drive. The file usually has huge gigs, which can be quickly released and adding more storage space to the PC, when the windows old folder is removed.
DELETE OLD FILES FROM THE WINDOWS DOWNLOAD FOLDER
If you are constantly downloading heavy files on your windows Pc, this files occupy space on the hard disk and slows the system down. Windows has a download folder where everything that are downloaded to the hard disk is saved to.
Therefore, it increases in size if after downloading and installing a program is completed. So, to make available some free space, sure to clear the downloaded folder and old files in the folder.
DELETE TEMPORARY BROWSER FILES
When surfing the internet, the windows system stores up temporary Brower files which are made up of pages, history, cookies and entry files which are temporarily downloaded from the internet during a browsing session by the browser.
This temporary files occupy space on the hard drive, therefore, it is a very good practice to delete all temporary files stored in Windows 10 occasionally.
COMPRESS HEAVY FILES TO FREE UP HARD DRIVE SPACE
Compressing files such as installation setup of games and applications may the best idea to free up space on your computer’s hard drive. You can make use of compression soft wares such as WinZip or 7zip to compress files and recover some storage space on your PC.
DELETE TEMPORARY FILES APPLICATIONS FILES
All windows applications utilize temporary system files when running tasks, and this clogs up available system space and reduces performance. To delete temporary files that are not being used by the applications installed on the computer.
To do this, open the Configuration, Win + R, and go to System> storage> Change the free space mode. Once there, activate the removal of temporary files that applications do not use to free space on the hard disk.
SEARCH AND DELETE DUPLICATE FILES AND FOLDERS
There are always duplicate files, movies, pictures and even soft wares installation files which use up more system storage space and may not be an easy task to locate them on the system. There are third-party soft wares that can help find and delete duplicate files and folders such as Smart Duplicate Finder, Clone Spy.
To further free up space on your system, move certain files cloud storage service such as google drive or drop box. These are tips to recover the space on Hard Disk on our Windows PC or Laptop.