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5 Best ways to Free Up Hard Disk Space on Windows

Published on 26 October 16
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Your system hard disk gets cluttered due to various reasons like old and unnecessary files, obsolete files, duplicate data files, large files and due to other reasons. Initially, the system performs absolutely well but with prolong use it starts creating many performance issues. These issues occur due to cluttered and unorganized disk space most of the times. In this article, we can discuss few important steps to free up hard disk space on your Windows system.

Uninstall old and unnecessary programs: We tend to keep old and unnecessary data on our systems for no good reason. This unnecessary data occupies GBs of our disk space and affects system speed and performance. Thus it sounds logical to free up hard disk space to improve system speed and performance. To delete all such programs, click on Start button and go to Control Panel > Programs > programs & Features > Uninstall a program. Select the program you want to uninstall and click on Uninstall.

Use Disk Cleanup tool: To clean unnecessary files and programs using disk cleanup tool go to Control panel > System & Security > Administrative Tools > Free Up Disk Space. Next is to select the drive you want to clean. It may take a while to display all the files and programs on your drive. Select the program/s you want to delete to recover some storage space. You can use this tool to delete downloaded program files, temporary Internet files, offline web pages, setup log files, Service pack backup files. You can also empty your Recycle Bin using this tool. You can also delete thumbnails, temporary and other files using this tool. This way you can permanently delete files from your system to recover disk space.

Upload data to Cloud Storage: This is the latest advancement in technology that allows you to manage your data in a more appropriate manner and to free up hard disk space. You can use cloud servers to keep storage of your important data while you can recover lots of storage space on your own system or device. You can use various cloud storage tools to back up your data in an instant and safe manner. Above all, you can access this data anytime anywhere you want. Most Cloud service providers offer you to sync your data between cloud servers and your various devices automatically thus working on cloud storage services is both safe and instant.

Use disk management tool: You can use disk management tools to free up hard disk space and to organize files on your Windows system. These tools help you manage your system disk space consumption prudently and make your hard disk more efficient. You can use various disk space analyzer tools to determine the statistics of the storage space in terms of file count, size and percentage. These tools offer detailed disk space consumption reports to identify large files and folders, obsolete files and other unnecessary files on your system. You can use these tools to de-clutter your data and to organize it in a better way to recover precious disk space.

Delete duplicate files: To free up hard disk space on your Windows system it is advised to find duplicate files on it and to further delete them. Duplicate files accumulate due to various reasons like file downloading, file sharing, data backup and due to other reasons. When this data accumulates too much then it starts creating a problem for the system like speed and performance related issues. To deal with the situation you can manually sift through the system data to find duplicate files on it or you can use various duplicate file finder tools. These tools prove time effective and save your efforts too.

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