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How to Free Up Drive Space on Windows

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As time passes, your hard drive can begin to fill up and system runs slow. Sometimes you see the error message to free the space to install new software or programs might crash due to unavailability of required free space. You may be struggling to free space on your hard drive, let us find ways to free up hard drive space on windows and make it go faster:

1. Run Disk CleanUp

Windows includes a built-in tool that deletes temporary files and other unimportant data. To access it:

  • In the Computer window, right-click one of your hard drives and select Properties.
  • In disk properties window, click the Disk Cleanup button.
  • Select the types of files you want to delete and click OK.
  • You can also clean up system files, click the Cleanup system files button.
  • 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.

2. Uninstall Unnecessary Applications

Sometimes you may have installed programs we thought we would use, or just wanted to try, but ultimately don’t need. Try to get rid of those unnecessary applications, by following below steps:

  • Go to the Start menu, then Control Panel, and click Programs and Features.
  • Select the program or programs you want to uninstall based on the program size, and click the Uninstall button.

3. Using less space for System Restore

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. Free a few gigabytes by reducing the amount of space System Restore uses, by following below steps:

  • In the Computer window, right-click one of your hard drives and select Properties.
  • Click on the link on the left-hand side for System protection.
  • Under System Protection tab, you can create a restore point, use System Restore, or configure your settings. You can now click on the drive you want to tweak in the list, and then click the Configure button.
  • In the Configure screen for the drive you selected above, where you can turn off system protection entirely, delete all but the latest restore points, change it to only restore files (and not settings), or drag the slider to use more or less space.

4. Use third-party CleanUp tool

Windows’ Disk Cleanup tool is useful, but it doesn’t delete temporary files used by other programs. Make use of third-party cleanup tool such as CCleaner. This free utility erases browser histories and caches, temporary files, system restore points, and other items responsible for your disk drive’s swell.

About the author

Rajesh Giribuwa

Rajesh Giribuwa is an IT professional, motivational leader, blogger, author & founder of TheBlogOn. Rajesh is passionate about blogging on Interesting Tips, Tricks, and How-To Guides on various topics like Digital, Lifestyle, Health, Food, and Travel to provide access to comprehensive advice to people to improve their lives every day, so that they can utilize the maximum time in doing what they like.

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