5 Ways To Free Up Disk Space In Windows

Everyone in the world who owns a computer or laptop might have seen the storage bar right below the Disk red. No matter what size of hard disk you own, it gets loaded with data over time.Therefore, cleaning and organizing the hard disk from time to time is very important. 

If you don’t know how to manage your hard disk and how to recover the space by removing junk, old and obsolete files on the system, you have come to the right place!

In this post, we will talk about the ways to free up disk space in Windows to make your system run smoother and faster.

  1. Get Rid Of The Trash
Whenever you delete any of the files from the computer, it goes to Recycle Bin. Over time, deleted files get piled up in the Recycle Bin. The deleted files should be deleted permanently from your computer. Make it habit to remove all the deleted files from the Recycle Bin to avoid the disk from clogging.
Go to Recycle Bin and select all the files by pressing Ctrl and A together and press delete button to recover the space.

  1. Run Disk Cleanup
To further cleanse the computer and recover the disk space, you can run the inbuilt tool, disk cleanup to remove the temporary and redundant files from the computer. To do so, follow these steps:
     To launch Disk Cleanup, you can either go to Start menu and type disk cleanup or press Windows and R together to open Run box and type cleanmgr.
     The Disk Cleanup tool will remove downloaded program files, temporary internet files, Offline web pages, Recycle bin etc.
     Once the tool will come up, it would prompt to select the drive you want to clean. By default, C is selected.
     Press OK.
     Now Disk Cleanup will calculate the space that could be freed up with this action.
     You will be provided with the option to remove files from your system to free up space. Select Temporary Internet Files, Temporary files (Temp), Thumbnails, Downloaded Program Files, Offline web pages.
     Press OK. It will prompt if you are sure to delete all your files permanently. Click Delete files to confirm the action.

  1.  Uninstall Unwanted Applications:
We intentionally or unintentionally install applications that are not important and often uses the system resources and occupy hard disk. To uninstall applications, follow these steps:
     Go to Start menu.
     Locate and click Control Panel.
     Now look for Uninstall A Program.
Note: You can open Uninstall a program window - press Windows and R key together and type appwiz.cpl.
     You will get a list of programs installed on the system.
     Search for the unwanted programs.
     Make a right click on the unwanted program and select Uninstall.
     Once the program would be removed, you would be notified.
Note: Don’t uninstall programs whose publisher is Microsoft and your Laptop or PC’s company
  1. Find and Remove Duplicate Files:
You can clean up disk spaceby finding and removing the duplicate files. Sometimes you copy files more than once, just to make sure, you have it on your system. In this way, you end up having multiple copies of a file. Removing these files manually sounds impractical and dull, so it is better to get a software to remove duplicate files. One of the best software is Duplicate File Fixer. It efficiently finds and removes duplicate files from your computer and recovers the disk space of the system in a single click.

5.    Delete temporary and downloaded files

Disk Cleanup tool doesn’t clean and removes the temp files of the programs like Google Chrome and Firefox caches. In order to remove all the temp files, you can install software like CCleaner and remove all the junk files from the third-party programs and Windows files.

So, these are the five ways to free up disk space in Windows. Try them and let us know what worked for you.

Apoorv bhatnagar is working at Systweak Software , as an SEO analyst and  technical Content Writer. His potential of writing is PC  tips , Android  and Mac tricks and he is anxious in writing other technical blogs. You can also find Apoorv on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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