Running out of Storage Space?
This is simply the most important thing which we notice with our laptops, computers, and smartphones that somehow this enormous storage space that we feel so proud of – in due course of time become “insufficient”.
The fact is that our data consumption and usage has been continuously increasing with each passage of time. We have now started storing more and more data files than ever before, thousands of music files and photos, software, movies, videos, documents, files, you name it.
However, there comes a time when we almost running out of storage space and doesn’t have enough storage space left to save our big stuff. So we usually go for other options.
Such as adding more storage HD capacity in our PC or to buy external storage devices. There always come a time when we need to clean up the existing space to create room for better things and to speed up our Windows system in order to access our favorite data files quickly and easily.
Therefore, in this post, we’ll like to share some of the tips that you can use to Clean up your Storage space without any need to buy new Hard Disk drive and using by only using your existing resources.
Have a look at these short Tips.
Tips to Cleanup Storage Space in Your Windows 10:
1. Uninstalling”Sofware Applications” that Occupy Huge Space but are rarely used:
The very first thing you can do is to Uninstall software programs that you hardly used or used very rarely. A simple thing that you can do is by uninstalling such software applications which are using lots of space but are not being used. To see how much space each and every program is taking up in your computer click on:
- Programs and Features in your Windows Control panel.
- In the next windows, the Size column will display the lists of programs installed with the space occupied by them and date of installation.
- Simply select the desired the application, and then the choose the option of “Uninstall Program”.
2. Use “Disk Analyzer Tools” to Analyze the Big Files and DeleteThem:
The next thing you can do is used the Disk Analyzer tools such as WinDirStat
WinDirStat is a very helpful disk analyzer tool that will help you to locate the hidden files that you used but are not required anymore. This tool will analyze your hard drives and identify files and folders which are consuming most of your hard disk space. Best of all, WinDirStat normally takes only a short period of time to analyze an entire hard drive and its graphical format is very easy to understand and use.
Once WinDirStat finished analyzing your system Hard Drive, it will let you know the location of those files and folders which are consuming a lot of storage space – you can simply then locate those files and folders, select and delete them to free up space.
3. Use Windows built-in Disk Cleanup Tool:
The Next thing which can help you in cleaning the hard disk is deleting Temporary files.
Option 1: Use Windows Disk Cleanup
For this, you have a great utility tool in Windows called “Disk Cleanup”.
To start Disk Cleanup:
- Simply click on Start>All Programs.
- Then select your desired Hard Drive, for example, C from the Drop down menu and
- Click OK. Then Disk Cleanup will take a few minutes, calculate the free space and then you can delete the temporary files in Disk C.
- Select the Checkbox below the option of Files to delete and Press OK.
- Similarly, you can select the other Hard Drive of your system and perform a Cleanup.
Option 2: Use CCleaner
You can also use third-party applications like Piriform CCleaner. CCleaner works similarly to Disk Cleanup as it collects unused files and settings which take up hard drive space making it slower and slower. CCleaner cleans up these files and makes it faster instantly.
One of the advantages of using CCleaner is that erases your browser search history and cookies that stay on your computer which Disk Cleaner doesn’t do. Thus, providing you a very clean system free from third-party cookies.
3. Use Windows “Defragment and Optimize Drives” App:
Over time, files on your hard drive get fragmented, and your computer slows down because it has to check multiple places on your drive for those pieces. The Windows Defragment and Optimize Drives app tool is an excellent tool that you can use to speed up your drives and recover the storage space which is free but not accessible to your system for use.
Windows 10 automatically defragments files for you on a schedule (by default, once a week). However, it doesn’t always run consistently, so if you notice files are taking longer to load or you just want to double-check every month or so, you can see how fragmented the drive is in Windows. To defragment your drives:
- Open the disk optimization tool by searching for “Defragment” in Cortana.
- Select your hard drive and click Analyze.
- Check the percentage of fragmented files in the results.
- If you want to defragment your drive, click Optimize.
4. Reduce Storage Space from “System Restore”:
Lastly, you can use Storage space occupied by System Restore to recover a lot of storage space.
System Restore is a Windows built-in tool that is used to recover your system operating system in case of any disaster or loss of driver support. Although, system restore is a very useful tool but sometimes system take into consideration so many files for restore that consumes a lot of storage space that you can free for further use and are not required by the system.
To recover space from System store:
- Click on Start icon and right click on Computer then select the Properties that will display a Windows screen.
- On the top towards left select System Protection that will display the System Properties Windows.
- Make sure that your Protection is set On for Local Disk(C) where your OS is installed. if it is not turned on you won’t be able to change the size of disk restore used.
- Make it on by clicking on the Configure then Turn on the System Restore click
- Apply> OK.
- Once done. Then you will be back to the same window and click the System Restore. There is a slider to adjust the size of the disk. Adjust the slider to make the required changes.
We consider this option as the last option. We recommend that you keep the default settings for this option as System restore is a very useful tool to recover your system in case of virus, drivers and system failure.
We hope now you get to know what to do when you want to clean up your Windows Storage space and release your currently occupied storage space for your new files. There are also many services available online that you can opt for cloud storage to store your important files and folders and free of a lot of storage space.
We would further suggest you look into this post related to (Cloud Services) as an alternate option for storage space.