The computer hard disk is getting larger & larger but somehow they always seem to fill up. This is even truer if you’re using a solid-state drive, which offers much less hard drive space than traditional mechanical hard drives. If you have a problem for hard disk space, these tricks should help you free up space for important files and programs by removing the unimportant file or program on your hard disk.
Clean temporary files
The Windows Disk Cleanup tool is very important, but it doesn’t delete temporary files used by other programs eg. it won’t clear Firefox or Chrome browser caches, which can use gigabytes of hard disk space.
For the more aggressive temporary and junk file cleaning, try CCleaner. The CCleaner cleans junk files from a variety of third-party programs and also cleans up Windows files that disk cleanup won’t touch.
The windows include a built-in tool that deletes temporary files and other unimportant data to access it.
- Right-click one of your hard drives C: Drive
- Choose Properties and click on it.
- Choose the disk cleanup button in the disk properties window.
- Select the types of files you want to delete and click OK. (This includes temporary files, log files, files in your recycle bin and other unimportant files)
- Click the cleanup system files button if you also want to delete system files. ( You can also clean up system files, which don’t appear in the list here).
After you do, you can click the More Options button and use the Cleanup button under System Restore and Shadow Copies to delete system restore data. This button deletes all but the most recent restore point, so ensure your computer is working properly before using it – you won’t be able to use older system restore points.
Analyze Disk Space
To find out exactly what is using space on your hard drive, you can use a hard disk analysis program. These applications scan your hard drive and display exactly which files and folders are taking up the most space. We’ve covered the best 10 tools to analyze hard disk space, but if you want one to start with, try WinDirStat.
After scanning your system, WinDirStat shows you exactly which folders, file types, and files are using the most space. Ensure you don’t delete any important system files – only delete personal data files. If you see a program’s folder in the Program Files folder using a large amount of space, you can uninstall that program – WinDirStat can tell you just how much space a program is using, even if the Programs and Features Control Panel doesn’t.