Nigerian forum: Computers - 10 Tips on How to Free up Disk Space on Your Windows PC
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9 Dec 2015 07:14

Earlier this year, my 500GB hard disk crashed and I decided to temporarily replace it with a smaller 320GB capacity HDD. The plan was to later change to a 1TB hard disk after a week but right until this moment, the 320GB hard drive is what I still have on the PC. Over this course of time, I’ve learned how to keep things under control, free up disk space and ensure the hard drive doesn’t get full. In this age where a single PC game can eat up to 50GB of your hard disk, having a small storage on your device doesn’t just work.
If you’re always running out of space on your Windows PC, there are a few tips you can apply to optimize what your have and minimize storage usage.
1. Are you really playing all those games?
Things that actually eat up storage the most on Windows are games. If you’re a game freak, a small hard drive definitely isn’t for you but if you’re stuck with one, you need to determine games you always play and those you’re just keeping.

There’s a limit to the number of games you can play at a time, uninstall games you rarely play to free up disk space. It’s the first step to take.
2. And do you still need all those old programs?
There are probably programs installed you needed to use only once and forgot totally about them. These programs, though little, may contribute to disk usage when there are lots of them.
Read: How to Completely Uninstall OneDrive on Windows 10!

You should consider going thorough you installed programs and deleting programs you no longer use to save some space. Also look for those taking up the most space and get rid of them if you can do without them.
3. You need an external hard drive
A lot of us keep our setup programs, backups, movies and other stuffs on our heard drive. These might eat up more than half the entire space.

Having an external hard drive to keep these things might be the easiest approach if you don’t have what it takes to store them all in the cloud. Having an external storage will go a long way in helping you free up disk space on your PC.
4. When was the last time you emptied the recycle bin?
This might sound rather odd but some people don’t bother to empty the recycle bin for months, leaving heavy junks right there in the trash can. Have you considered that your recycle bin might be taking gigabytes of space.....
Review your options and click OK.

You can take it further by clicking “Clean up system files.” This allows you to delete older restore points and some system files but you should be careful with this. Only use the feature when you’re sure your PC is working properly and you recent restore points are reliable.
Hit the OK button after it’s all done and you’re good to go.
7. Limit the space used for system restore
I always advice against totally disabling system restore and consider limiting the space used for system restore the better option. Each restore points created eat up your space but Windows still gives you some control over this. To do this, right-click onMy Computer / This PC and go toProperties. Click onSystem Protection....[View Full Post]

Edited by Naijasturf / 9 Dec 2015 07:16
30 Dec 2015 14:06