If you do not have a giant size hard driver and you are using an older computer, then this can happen to you very soon that your driver looks like almost full. When we see this the first thing which comes in our mind is either we need to upgrade the hardware which includes getting an external hard drive or an new internal memory drive but the reality is neither you need to spend money in purchasing a new hardware nor you need to spend extra money on buying a completely new computer there are some inbuilt features of operating system which can help you make more space on your computer by clearing un necessary junk. Here is how you can save disk space and utilize your hard drive at its best.
- Sort files by Size:
First thing which you should do to manage disc space should be identifying largest files and making it out that do they really worth giving the space they are occupying. If you find any large useless files once you have sorted your files by name you can clear them out and just press shift+Del to get rid of them.
- Clear out Recycle Bin and other junk from your computer:
There can be many unnecessary files on your computer which includes files on recycle bin your browsing history and cache. Recycle Bin on computer keeps deleted items for ever unless you do not manually clear them out, so it is better to delete files permanently or to clear out recycle bin time to time. To clear cashes and browsing data you can go to browser options and choose clear data. Both of these work arounds help you make ample amount of space on your disk.
- Use disc clean up wizard:
Luckily Microsoft is having an inbuilt disc cleaning wizard which helps you save disk space by cleaning temporary and non-useful system files time to time. Temporary system files are mostly large in size and waste of system storage. Here is how you can clear temporary files from your system.
- Type Disk Cleanup in the search box and you will see the application, open it.
- Next it will ask you to choose a drive for which you want to perform clean up. Choose drive C: because most of the temporary files are accumulated here.
- In files to delete section you can choose everything to be deleted and then click ok to proceed.
- You will see a warning message saying that your files will be deleted permanently. Click on Delete files.
This may take few minutes and files on your system will be deleted.
- Remove duplicate files:
you may not be aware about this, but your system has lots of duplicate files. These duplicate files are the result of same file downloaded multiple times. You have added some filter to a photo, you have the same file saved to multiple locations on your computer. to clear these files out manually you need to spend hours, so it is always a better idea to get help of a third-party software for this purpose. You will find lots of software for this purpose but the best one is which offers you to take online backup before deleting any files.
- Uninstall unnecessary programs:
Sometimes we just install programs for onetime use and we forget that it is still there on the disk. Such programs should be uninstalled time to time because they not only take the space on our hard drive, but they also keep updating which consumes bandwidth as well. To check the list of installed programs on your computer you can go to add remove programs by typing the same in the search box here you will find the list of all the programs installed on your computer. you can choose to uninstall the programs which you do not use or have no knowledge about.
This is how you can save space in Windows 10. Apart from this as a preventive measure you can opt not to save everything on your computer. Video content and songs are sufficiently available to watch or view online so it is a better idea to watch them there only instead of downloading.