Hard drives never have enough space. No matter how much space capacity they offer, it’s just never enough. The reason for that is because it’s very easy to fill up a hard drive. Just take a look at yours. It’s probably about to be filled up. Even worse, it probably is already.
So, what’s filling up you hard drive? If you have no idea what, then why don’t you find out. Here’s an easy way for you to do it.
You can find the biggest individual files on your hard drive by opening File Explorer (Windows Explorer in previous versions) and typing ‘size:gigantic’ into the search bar.
This will bring up a list of any file over 128MB in size, which you can then look through to find large files such as downloads, outdated drivers, backups and ISO images.
Now, that you know what’s filling up your hard drive, it’s time to do something about it. Here are 4 ways to have more space on your hard drive.
Make use of the Windows Disk Clean-up.
Windows has several built-in tools which will automatically find and delete unnecessary files to free up disk space.
The first to try is Disk Clean-up.
1. Search for Disk Clean-up in the Start menu.
2. Wait for it to scan your computer
3. Tick the boxes to delete some or all of the files.
4. Click OK
You have to click the Clean up system files button to do a deeper scan (you have to select the particular drive – usually C: – to check for system files). This will let you delete old versions of Windows which could be using up scores of gigabytes.
Remove games and apps that you no longer need. These take up a lot of space in your hard drive.
A relatively quick and easy way to free up space is to uninstall programs you don’t need or use.
1. From the Start menu click the cog icon to open Settings
2. Click on Apps & features
3. User the Sort by: menu to choose Size
4. Now you’ll see the programs and games taking up the most space are at the top
5. Uninstall those you don’t absolutely need
Typically these will be games, but some apps can also use many gigabytes. You have to remove them one by one, and it can take a while, but it can free up an awful lot of disk space quite quickly.
Another way for you to have more space in your hard drive is by deleting Windows Restore points.
Windows creates restore points automatically so you can roll back to a previous state if something goes wrong after you install a new driver or program. This uses up disk space, but you can adjust how much space System Restore uses.
To do this, search the Start menu for System Restore, then click on it when it appears. It will bring up the System Properties windows on the System Protection tab. Click the Configure… button to see and change how much space this tool uses.
Remove downloads, duplicate files, and other stuff you don’t need anymore.
Beyond Windows’ own tools, you can download a plethora of utilities which can do a more thorough search, finding and deleting even more unnecessary files. Ccleaner is a good place to start, as it’s free, but there are also others which can find duplicate files (such as photos and downloads) and remove the surplus copies. Another completely free option is Auslogics Duplicate File Finder.
Take a look at your backups. If you haven’t been removing old backups, then you’re most likely filling up your hard drive. Get rid of the outdated backups. You don’t need them anymore.
Another way to reclaim disk space is to check for backups. If you use backup software, use the software (or check in the folder where it stores files) to delete old versions you no longer need.
It’s quite easy to reclaim space on your hard drive. You just have to delete apps, photos, and videos, and files that you no longer need. However, you need to be careful when deleting stuff on your hard drive. You might accidentally delete something that you still need.
When that happens, call for expert help. You can still get back a file, photo, or a video even if you accidentally deleted it. So, don’t bother freaking out because you can contact data recovery and hard drive failure specialists here.