While storage devices keep getting larger and price per gigabyte keeps coming down, we keep filling up drives with more photos, videos, audios, and various other downloaded files. So, it’s obvious to face disk space issues on Windows PCs. Moreover, the disk space problem becomes even bigger when you have a system with limited storage. If you’re facing storage space issues on your computer then you can go through our post to know how to free up storage space on PC.
Apple users are likely to face more storage-related problems, but Windows PC users too are not immune to the issue. The first thing you need to do is to analyze and remove unnecessary files from your system. This way you’re able to release the valuable disk space.
In this post, we’ll tell you some simple ways to free up storage space on Windows PC. You can use these easy tips to increase the amount of free disk space on your computer. Let’s discuss them one by one.
Simple Ways to Free Up Storage Space on Windows 10 PC
Windows has a built-in disk cleanup utility called Disk Cleanup that helps you free up storage space by removing various files. The feature will automatically scan the complete system and therefore, will show you the space used by cached files, temporary files, updates, and files inside the Recycle Bin.
You can find Disk Cleanup by simply searching for it in the search bar in the Start Menu. Just select the drive you want to clean up and click OK. You need to wait while the tool calculates how much space you can free up. If you want to delete system files, you can also click on Cleanup system files option in order to get Gigabytes of space.
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Empty the Recycle Bin
Whenever you delete files, photos, videos, and other content from your PC, they will automatically go to the Recycle Bin and continue to take up valuable disk space. You can create more free space on your hard drive by emptying the Recycle Bin.
To empty the Recycle Bin, you need to go to your desktop and right-click on the Recycle Bin. After that, you can click on Empty Recycle Bin. Once you’ve done, you’ll get a warning pop-up message that asks if you’re sure you want to permanently delete your Recycle Bin items. Just click on Yes to confirm.
Save Files to a Different Drive
If your PC has multiple hard drives or a partitioned hard drive, you may find yourself running out of storage space on a drive. Fortunately, you can fix this issue by changing your default save locations for documents, apps, videos, music, and pictures.
This walkthrough will show you how to do so:
- Open Settings menu
- Go to System > Storage
- Under Save locations, select a different drive for each of the categories
You can select any drive, even a removable drive, a USB flash drive, or a memory card that is connected to PC.
Uninstall Apps You Don’t Need
A quick and easy way to free up disk space is to uninstall apps and programs you don’t need or use. Most of the space in any device has taken up by the apps or programs only. In Microsoft Windows 10, you can uninstall the unwanted or unused apps from your PC in order to increase the disk drive space.
To check out which apps are taking up space, just navigate to the following steps:
Settings > System > Apps & feature
You need to find the apps you don’t need and are using the most space on your PC. Then, select the app and tap on Uninstall button.
Remove Duplicate Files
You can also free up storage space on Windows 10 PC by removing duplicate files. You may need third-party app(s) to find and delete duplicate images. CCleaner is one of the best apps to recognize duplicate files. Once you’ve removed duplicate files, photos, and other content, you can create a backup on the cloud storage platforms or multiple cloud storage websites. You can remove the data from your PC and sweep it clean.
So, if you’re running out of hard drive space, you can use our above-mentioned guide to delete unwanted files and folders from your Windows 10 PC.
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