Best Working Tips to Free Up Your Drive Space in Windows 10

Disk space on any system plays vital role vis-à-vis its speed and performance. The irony with the disk space is that it can never be sufficient enough to fulfill your needs for a long time. No matter you had terabytes of space initially it will end up ‘dry out’ to the brink. There can be various reasons behind over occupied disk space which include lots of data files, temporary & cache files and much more. Let’s discuss few tips to free up drive space in Windows 10.

Disk Cleanup: Windows offers built-in disk cleanup utility called ‘Disk Cleanup’ which can help you clean your disk space effortlessly. It helps you remove various files like temporary files, error files, obsolete files etc. to free up some precious disk space.  To find Disk Cleanup tool go to Start menu > All Apps > Windows Administrative Tools > Disk Cleanup. Now select the drive you wish to clean up and hit OK. Now wait for some time until disk cleanup tool calculates the storage space you can free up. Now choose the files you want to delete to recover some precious storage space.

Delete Duplicate Files: Duplicate files on any system occupies a lot of disk space and affects system speed and performance. These files may include duplicate photos, documents, music files etc. To deal with the situation you can use duplicate files finder tools for Windows 10. As mentioned earlier duplicate photos occupy a lot of disk space thus cleaning them in the first place make sense. To remove these duplicate photo files, you can use "duplicate photo" finder tools for Windows 10 system.   

Delete Old Versions of Windows: Windows automatically stores your system files from older versions of Windows once you upgrade. This is done so that you can access old data if required. However, these files occupy a lot of disk space (sometime in GBs) and affect system performance. To delete these files, open the Settings App and navigate to System > Storage and then click on your primary drive. It will display a list of different categories and space occupied by them. Scroll down to find Temporary Files and click on it. Now mark the checkbox ‘Previous Versions of Windows and hit remove Files.

Save files to different drives: It is an intelligent move to distribute your data in a way that your drives can’t get full very easily. If your system has multiple hard disks or partitioned hard disk you can optimize these disks by changing default save locations for different data like apps, docs, music etc. on different drives. To do this go to Settings > System > Storage. Under Save, locations specify the different drives for different categories. You can select any drive even USB flash drive connected to your system for specific data storage. 

Delete Hibernation data: When you put your system in hibernate mode – a quasi-shutdown state it allows you faster startup. Though in hibernate mode your system saves snapshots of your running programs and open files before shutting down, which takes a lot of disk space. Hibernate mode saves all this data on your system hard disk thus consumes a lot of system resources. If you are not looking for a faster startup than you can evict hibernate mode. This will automatically remove any associated files or data from previous hibernations. To disable hibernate mode go to Command Prompt, right click on it, and choose Open as Administrator. Now type ‘powercfg.exe -h off’ and press Enter.

Uninstall Apps: Your system includes a lot of unnecessary apps or programs which you rarely use or some you don’t use at all. These apps may include bloatware as well which came pre-installed on your system from the manufacturer or third-party. To find out space-hogging apps on your system, open the Settings menu > System > Apps & Features and select Sort by Size. It will display all the space-hogging files altogether, select obsolete files to remove by clicking on Uninstall option. If you are using Legacy programs on your Windows 10 system, to find these space-hogging apps go to Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features to see the list of the legacy programs on your system. Sort files by size and select the large apps or programs you want to remove. To uninstall the app or a program, left-click it and select Uninstall.

You can apply these simple tips to free up some precious disk space on your Windows 10 system. This way you can improve your system’s speed and performance as well. 

Summary: Over occupied disk space creates lot of issues with your system and affects its speed and performance negatively. In this article, we can discuss certain tips to free up disk space on Windows 10 system. 

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