If you are one of those Windows users, who simply do not pay attention when stuffing their hard disks with all kinds of files, pay attention to the fact that your hard disk can only handle so much. In order to ensure more space, many users resort to buying additional hard drives, or external drives. oblivious to the fact that there are a number of ways with which they can create more space on their original drives.
If you are experiencing issues due to a full hard drive, pay attention to the following tips and tricks, which will familiarize you with some of the best ways to free up hard disk Space on Windows.
4 simple methods to free your computer drive
1. Use the windows disk cleanup utility
All Windows based devices come with this preinstalled utility. As its name says, the job of this utility is to clean up your hard disk or disks. The tool itself is very simple and easy to use, but some people might have problems finding it. To find and access it, you need to click on My Computer and right click on the disk or disk partition you would like to clean. Once you have right-clicked on it, pick “Properties”, and you will see in the General tab a button “Disk Cleanup”. After that, simply click on it and the tool will automatically start.
There is also another way of doing this. Click the Start button and proceed by clicking the “All Programs” tab. Once you have clicked open the folder named “Accessories” and look for the “System Tools” folder. In it, you will see the Disk Cleanup tool. Simply click on it and the pop-up window will ask you which drive to clean. Proceed by choosing the drive and go through the process.
2. Remove useless apps
Your hard drive space is most likely comprised of a plethora of apps, most of which you probably do not use. You can safely remove these and free up a lot of your hard disk space. To remove these apps, click on the Start button and proceed to the Control Panel. There you will see the Programs folder. Once you are there, select Uninstall Programs. Doing this will open a list of all the existing programs and apps that are currently installed on your computer. You will also see the exact amount of space each one of them occupies. To remove the apps, simply click on the “Uninstall” button and wait a few seconds.
However, be careful not to delete the apps or programs that are vital to your computer’s performance. If you are unsure, search online a bit, so as to learn more about them.
3. Remove system restore files and shadow copies
These files can occupy large portions of your hard drive without you even knowing. These files are mainly used by the system in order to restore itself to its factory settings after a certain system failure. Keep in mind that they can occupy up to 20% of your hard drive space, while rarely serving any purpose. To safely remove them, you can use a large number of free online tools that are highly effective and very simple to use.
4. Delete temp files
Lastly, make sure to delete any temporary files. These can also occupy a lot of space without your knowledge. These files are sometimes difficult to access and usually consist of program and internet caches. To safely remove them, use third-party tools that have the option of removing temp files. Most of them are completely free and simple to use.