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How to Free up Hard Drive Space on Windows

Posted March 30, 2017

Windows 10 devices. Image credit: DobaKung via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

With today’s technology, hard drives are getting bigger and bigger, yet we always seem to manage to fill them up even though we have more space than we’ve ever had.

And if you’re using solid-state drive technology, they even offer less space than a traditional hard drive, so you’ll really have to be cautious of what’s being stored on yours.

If you really need additional hard disk space, we’d like to share some great tricks that will make it easy to get rid of unwanted clutter and junk without accidentally deleting important files.

Are you ready to learn the truth? Then let’s get to it.

Disk Cleanup Is Your Friend

Windows makes it easy to free up additional hard drive space with their cleanup utility called Disk Cleanup.

This tool is perfect to help you gain additional hard drive space because it will get rid of unimportant information and data and also delete temporary files that you’ll no longer need. It’s also simple to access. Just right-click on the hard drive that you want to clean up, select properties, and then select disk cleanup from the properties menu.

Another way to access it is to search the phrase “disk cleanup” in the start menu.

Pay attention to the menu and look at the items that you want to clean up. Your options include log files, temporary files, recycling bin files, and other files deemed unimportant.

You also have the option to clean up system files from here as well. To do so, you’ll have to click the button that says “clean up system files” and then follow the instructions from there.

Uninstalling Unnecessary Applications That Eat Up Tons of Hard Disk Space

Some of the useless programs on your computer will hardly take up any space. Other programs are going to be resource intensive hard disk hogs that have no business on your computer.

The simplest way to delete unimportant apps is to go to the Uninstall menu.

The fastest way to find it is to go to the start menu and type in “uninstall programs” in the search bar. Or if you prefer, download a third-party uninstaller program and use it to get rid of unnecessary applications and programs taking up your space.

Once the uninstall program’s application is open, just go down the list and look at what you have installed on your computer.

If you see programs that you use all the time, you obviously do not want to uninstall them.

On the other hand, if you see other programs taking up hundreds of megabytes or possibly even gigabytes worth of space and you don’t use them, immediately delete them because they are only taking up valuable hard disk space that can be used for other things.

According to Stackify, key application metrics experts, deleting old and unused apps will free up additional hard disk space and help improve your computer’s overall performance.

Temporary Files Cleanup

After using your computer for a while without undergoing any forms of internal cleanup, you’ll have built up lots of temporary files that really don’t need to be on your computer’s hard disk anymore.

Instead of leaving temporary files there to take up valuable space, you should take the necessary steps to delete them.

Windows has the disk cleanup tool which eliminates some of your temporary files, but not all of them.

We actually recommend using a program like CCleaner to really free up disk space by cleaning up your web browser’s temporary files and the other files that Windows ignores.


If you’re tired of running out of hard drive space, please use these suggestions to make room on your hard disk for other more important files.

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