No matter how much you try to clean out your hard drive, creating a vacancy by removing the space-consuming apps and duplicate files, but somehow they always seem to be filled up more or less.
This even holds good true if you are using a solid-state drive (SSD), the one which offers less hard drive space than those traditional mechanical hard drives.
Well, problems aren’t a big deal they keep coming but there’s always some or the other way to get rid of them. Mentioned below are few tricks, applying which you can free up space for important files and programs by removing the spam or junk files from your hard disk.
Here we go.
7 ways to free up Hard Disk Space On Windows
1. Uninstall Space-Hungry Applications
If you uninstall a few programs it will end up by freeing the occupied space, but you know some programs consumes very little space.
Little space? But, how to know how much is that?
In the Programs and Features available in the control panel, you can click the Size column to see just how much space is consumed by each program that is installed on your computer. And the simplest way to get there is to search for “Uninstall programs” in the Start Menu.
But, what if you don’t see this column?
No worries, click on the options button available at the top right corner of the list and then select the Details view. Well, this isn’t the accurate info – there are programs which don’t send the correct report of the amount of space used.
Anyways, if you’re using Windows 10, you can also switch to the new PC Settings and then head to System -> Apps & Features.
With this you can remove either Windows Store apps or some Regular apps,moreover, it should also work on a tab. You can also open the regular Uninstall Programs available in the old Control Panel if you wish to.
2. Run Disk Cleanup
Your Operating System; Windows, itself includes an inbuilt tool that deletes temporary files and other not-significant data. You need to follow the below steps in order to access it.
Right-click on one of your hard drives in the Computer window and then select Properties. OR Alternatively, you can search for Disk Cleanup in the Start Menu. Then tap on the Disk Cleanup button in the disk properties window.
Select the types of files which you consider unimportant and want to delete. After selection click on OK This list of insignificant files mainly includes temporary files, log files, files in your recycle bin, and other unimportant files.
In order to clean up system file, the one which doesn’t appear in the list click the Clean Up System Files button if you also want to delete system files.
After you are done, click the More Options button and use the Clean Up button under System Restore and Shadow Copies to delete system restore data.
This, More Options button deletes almost all but the most recent restore point, that’s why before taking any step you must ensure that your computer is working well and good before using it, else you won’t be able to use your older system restore points which in return would be much problematic.
3. 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 (Download from Ninite).
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.
4. Clean Temporary Files
Windows’ Disk Cleanup tool is useful, but it doesn’t delete temporary files used by other programs. For example, it won’t clear Firefox or Chrome browser caches, which can use gigabytes of hard disk space. (Your browser cache uses hard disk space to save you time when accessing websites in the future, but this is little comfort if you need the hard disk space now.)
For more aggressive temporary and junk file cleaning, try CCleaner, which you can download here. CCleaner cleans junk files from a variety of third-party programs and also cleans up Windows files that Disk Cleanup won’t touch.
5. Find Duplicate Files
You can use a duplicate-file-finder application to scan your hard drive for duplicate files, which are unnecessary and can be deleted. We’ve covered using VisiPics to banish duplicate images, and we’ve also created a comprehensive guide to finding and deleting duplicate files on Windows using free tools.
Or if you don’t mind spending a few bucks, you can use Duplicate Cleaner Pro, which not only has a nicer interface but has tons of extra features to help you find and delete duplicate files.
6. Reduce the Amount of Space Used for System Restore
If System Restore is eating up a lot of hard drive space for restore points, you can reduce the amount of hard disk space allocated to System Restore. The trade-off is you’ll have less restore points to restore your system from and less previous copies of files to restore. If these features are less important to you than the hard disk space they use, go ahead and free a few gigabytes by reducing the amount of space System Restore uses.
7. Nuclear Options
These tricks will definitely save some space, but they’ll disable important Windows features. We don’t recommend using any of them, but if you desperately need disk space, they can help:
Disable Hibernation – When you hibernate your system, it saves the contents of its RAM to your hard drive. This allows it to save its system state without any power usage – the next time you boot your computer, you’ll be back where you left of. Windows saves the contents of your RAM in the C:\hiberfil.sys file. To save hard drive space, you can disable hibernate entirely, which removes the file.
Disable System Restore – If reducing the amount of space System Restore uses isn’t good enough for you, you can disable System Restore entirely. You’ll be out-of-luck if you need to use System Restore to restore your system to an earlier state, so be warned.