No matter how big the storage capacity of your PC is, you might end up feeling that it’s not enough. Have you ever caught yourself sitting on the best gaming chair and breaking your head figuring out which files to remove to free up some disk space to start playing again? You are not alone! Often you have more than one copy of the same file in multiple locations which were created by mistake. Sometimes a “copy paste” instead of a “cut-paste” does this. Then there are temporary files and lots of others taking up your PC’s disk space. Here are ways to free up space on your PC:
Find out what’s taking up all the space:
Analyzing your PC storage is the first step. This would help you find the files that are taking up more space. This can give you an idea of where to start with. If you find a particular drive which is almost full, then begin by cleaning up that drive.
Uninstall unwanted programs:
There are programs that you download because you really need them and then there are those that you download just out of a temptation and never use them. Every PC has more than one program which is on the PC but the user has forgotten that it is even there. So go to the Add or Remove Programs option from the Control Panel. Scroll through the list and uninstall all the programs that you don’t remember installing and those that you are not using anymore.
Clean the temporary files folder:
Besides the files that you create or download on the PC, there are those that your PC temporarily creates. These temporary files, though they take up just a small amount of space, when not cleared periodically might use up valuable disk space.
There are numerous software options to download for cleaning the temporary files, cache files and more on your PC. Download reliable cleaner software and use it every day if you are using your PC on a regular basis.
Use the Cloud when and where applicable:
For some apps, you could simply store all your files on your cloud account rather than taking up physical space on your disk. Make use of this and space some space on the disk. This also makes it easy for you to access your files from anytime and from anywhere.
Duplicate file spotters:
To find duplicate files and redundant files, you need not sit and browse every drive and folder. There are apps that can do it for you. Install such apps and find and remove all duplicate instances of files.
Consider investing on an external hard disk:
Get a large capacity external hard disk. Use this to store all the files that you hardly access. You can also store all your photos and media files on this. Movies and game software could be stored here or burnt on a DVD.
Keep checking for unused shortcuts, empty folders, and files that you created temporarily for some reason. Delete unwanted files as and how you spot them. Empty recycle bin regularly. Use a reliable PC health monitoring app to check the apps that are taking up space, and to clean all unwanted files.