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10 Strategies To Free Up Hard Disk Space On Windows

May 28, 2015

Disorganization can reduce your productivity, whether it is your office, home or even your computer. Certain things not maintain in order and this is the reason why confusion occurs over time. After certain period there are many files, programs are takes lots of bits of your computer’s storage and then you realize that you have to clean up. But how?

It is not enough of deleting unnecessary files. You need to find the big files, folders to which you should have to delete after making sure this doesn’t cause harm to your system process. These quick and simple tips will show you several options on how to free up and recover lost space on your hard drive that you never thought.

1) Analyze Disk Space:

First you have to analyze your hard disk to see which files are taking more space. To quickly analyze and cleanup you can use some third party tools.

WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for various versions of Microsoft Windows. After scanning your system, WinDirStat shows you exactly which folders, file types, and files are using the most space. But ensure that you don’t delete any important files. It also tell you how much space a program is using, so that you if this program no longer need, you can uninstall it.

Download: WinDirStat

2) Uninstall Unnecessary Programs:

If you have programs that you doesn’t run from a long time, them uninstall those programs that you no longer use. They may be programs you installed to try, games or old version of software. You can use Windows inbuilt Programs and Features to uninstall programs or use third party programs like CCleaner.

3) Clear Temporary Files:

If you want to reduce the number of unnecessary files on your hard disk to free up disk space and help your computer run faster, use Disk Cleanup. It removes temporary files, empties the Recycle Bin, and removes a variety of system files and other items that you no longer need. You can use Disk Cleanup for this purpose. But Windows’ Disk Cleanup tool doesn’t delete temporary files used by other programs like Firefox or Chrome browser caches, which can use gigabytes of hard disk space. So to more aggressively cleaning temporary and junk file try CCleaner.

4) Remove Duplicate Files:

You probably aren’t aware that duplicate files waste precious space on your computer’s hard drive. This usually happens if you save copies of the same file in different locations on your computer, misplaced files, multiple downloads, etc. Since it is more difficult to find duplicate files, fortunately, there are a number of programs which are able to identify and clear out duplicates within minutes and free up a lot of space. Here are some great free tools -

i) dupeGuru:

dupeGuru is a great application for this. It’s completely free and efficient to find duplicate files in minutes. Also it is customizable, so that you can tweak its matching engine to find exactly the kind of duplicates you want to find.

Download: dupeGuru

ii) Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder:

You probably copy all photos from your camera or smartphone to your PC, but you don’t sort out them. It results in duplicate images scatter on your disk.  Then you need a tool to remove these duplicate images.

Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder is a free powerful tool, that helps you to find and remove duplicate photos on your PC. With this program you can easily clean up your photo collection from duplicates or even similar images.

Download: Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder

5) Place On Other Source:

If you have photos, music, videos, or other files that you want to keep but don't necessarily want on your PC, consider saving them to removable media, such as an external drive, USB drive, DVD, or cloud storage to free up your local hard disk. Cloud storage generally let users upload any size and type of computer file. Go with well-known services like Google Drive, Dripbox and OneDrive etc. Many great cloud storage services have a free account that usually comes with a few limitations.

6) Compress Files or Folders:

Compressing files and folders can also be useful when you want to save some hard drive space. Compressed files take up less storage space. You can work with compressed files and folders in the same way that you work with uncompressed files and folders. You can also combine several files into a single compressed folder.

7) Delete Old Users Folder:

If you have old user and system file backups and system images that are out of date, then you can delete them to free up space on the hard.

If you want to free up more space, then use following advanced option –

8) Delete System Restore Points:

System Restore is one the most useful features of Windows. However, these system restore points can contain a lot of data. You cannot delete an individual restore point, but you can either delete all restore points or all but the most recent restore point. Deleting restore points temporarily frees up disk space. As new restore points are created, disk space will be used again.

To delete all restore points -

9) Disable Hibernation and Delete hiberfil.sys File:

Hibernation is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops that puts any open documents and programs in memory and on your hard disk. That way, if a power failure occurs, Windows can restore your work from your hard disk. Hibernate mode uses the hiberfil.sys file to store the current state of the PC. If you do not hibernate your computer, then you could disable hibernation and delete the hiberfil.sys file to save the space it allocates on your system hard drive.

By default, the size of the hiberfil.sys (C:\hiberfil.sys) file will be 75% of the total amount of installed RAM on your computer.

10) Delete Windows.old Folder:

If you install Windows 7 by performing a custom installation and don't format the partition during the installation process, files that were used in your previous version of Windows are stored in the Windows.old folder. After installing and testing Windows 7 you can safely reclaim disk space by using Disk Cleanup to delete the Windows.old folder.