How to free up more space on the Hard Disk

Let us talk about How to free up more space on the Hard Disk. With the days passing by, the hard drives are getting larger and larger, not exactly in terms of its physical size, but in terms of its storage. And yet, they fill up so soon! This scenario is more true in case of Solid State Drives (SSD), which has to offer less hard disk space as compared to the common mechanical hard drives.

If you are among the hunters who look up for more space on the hard disks, then follow the tricks given below. The tricks will surely help you to free up the space on your hard disk, so that your other necessary and important files may get some accommodation and the unnecessary junk occupied space gets free.

Space Hungry Application – Uninstall Them!

Uninstall the programs which are not required, and doing this will for sure free up more space. But sometimes, this won’t let you get much of free space, as not all the applications occupy loads of memory. You may use the Program and Features at the control panel to find out how much memory an application is taking up by observing the size column.

The size option is not available always. To view it, at the top right corner of list, simply click on the options button, and then select the view named as Details. The size given won’t always be accurate, as many applications do not report the size and the amount of memory occupied by them. Many times, a program uses a lot of space in the memory, but any such information will be absent from the size column.

Cleaning the Temporary Files

The tool provided with Windows “Disk Cleanup Tool”, is useful to some extent. But it does not delete the temporary files which might be used by other programs and applications. Such as, GB’s of temporary files might be stored by Chrome or Firefox, and it doesn’t clear them. If you wonder why browsers use so much space, the answer is that the browser’s cache uses the hard disk to save your time when accessing the websites in the future. But you do not require this if you are in need of more hard disk space.

CCleaner is a tool which may effectively clean the junk and temporary files. It clears the junk and unnecessary files from various third party programs. It also has the ability to clean up those files which the built in Windows Disk Cleanup Tool doesn’t even bother about.

Space used by System Restore – Reduce it

Several times, the system Restore feature of the Windows uses loads of memory to create the restore points. If you reduce the space used by the System Restore, then the only affect it will have is that only limited number of restore points will be available and less amount of files to be restored. If you agree to the above, then go head, and reduce the space occupied by the System Restore feature, and few GB’s of memory will be available to you.

Disk Cleanup

Disk Cleanup Tool is an integrated tool in Windows which has the job of deleting the temporary files and other unnecessary files from the hard disk. Right click the hard disk you want to run it on, and then click on properties.

Click on the option Disk Cleanup under general tab, in the disk properties window.

In the next screen, you will be provided with types of files which you may mark for deletion. Categories such as temporary files, recycle bin files, and many such more are provided.

The option to clean up the system files is not available in the list, but you may perform a cleanup by clicking on the “Clean up system files” button.

After the above steps, you may go ahead and switch to the More Options tab. Here you may clean up and get more free space using the Clean Up button on Program and Features section or System Restore and Shadow Copies options. These will delete the old restore points available in the memory, and so before using this option make sure you do not have to use the old restore points.

Disk Space Analysis

Use analysis programs, which will analyze your hard disk and tell you what stuff, are exactly using your space on the hard disk. These tools do an awesome job of scanning through your hard disk and present you with a visual result of what applications and files are using most of your spaces. You may go ahead and try the tool named as WinDirStat to analyze your hard disk.

After a scan of your system, WinDirStat presents you with a result which displays how and exactly which files and folders, and file types are using the major part of your hard disk space. When you see the result, just don’t delete the system files by mistake, and be very picky to your personal files only. If a program uses a lot of memory, then you may see that it is taking up a huge size in its program folder in the Program Files folder. If yes, then use the uninstaller to remove the program, instead of deleting it. The best part is that WinDirStat will tell you the size that program is using, even if it is not available in the Program and Features option in the Control Panel.

Duplicate Files – Get Rid of Them

Many times, what we realize is that many files have a copy of itself available somewhere, and in this manner a lot of memory gets wasted. The duplicates of files are just unnecessary capturing of memory, and one should use duplicate file finder software to get rid of such duplicate files from the hard disk. You may use VisiPics to find of duplicate images, and get rid of them. You may use dupeGuru to get rid of other file types. The free version of dupeGuru lets you to delete or move upto ten files at once, but it will always show you what files are duplicates.

Some other Options

The above tricks will help you to get some more free GB’s in the Hard Disk. There are few more tips to get more of those GB’s, but it might disable some of the Windows features. You may use the below points if you are ready with the disabled features:

  • System Restore – Disable it: As we stated above, you may reduce the size allocated to the Windows Restore feature. But if it doesn’t meet your expectations, then simply disable it. But, it might be dangerous in case your Windows ever crashes and you are in need of it.
  • Hibernation – Disable it: Hibernation saves the content of the RAM to the hard disk. So, the next time you boot in, you will be resumed to the state where you left your system at. This way, your system state is preserved and that too without any use of power. The content of the RAM is stored in a file named hiberfil.sys located at C:. In order to get some more space, you may disable this hibernation feature, and this will delete the above file and hence a little more space available.

One thought on “How to free up more space on the Hard Disk

  • July 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Another alternative tool that is good in sorting duplicate files is “DuplicateFilesDeleter” . It works great!


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