Is your hard drive starting to look a little bit too full for your liking? Although computers nowadays tend to have terabytes-worth of storage, you’d be surprised how quickly it can get filled up.
The good news is that if you know what you’re doing you can empty it out just as fast – using a number of different means.
Uninstall Apps That You Don’t Use
One of the best ways to start freeing up space on your hard drive is to get rid of any apps (or games) that you don’t actually use. Odds are there’ll be quite a number of apps that you installed at some point or other but have rarely (if ever) actually used.
A good rule of thumb is: if you don’t recognize an app that is installed, you probably don’t use it.
In Windows it is relatively simple to uninstall apps via the Uninstall Programs feature. If you want you could even sort apps by the storage space they take up – or when they were last used.
Clear Temporary Files
Despite your best efforts your computer will undoubtedly accumulate unnecessary temporary files over time – and removing them will normally let you free up quite a bit of space. The temporary files can include:
- Temporary internet files
- Recycle bin contents
- Error reports and logs
- Cache files created by apps
Manually removing all these files can be tedious, which is why the Disk Cleanup tool in Windows is a good place to start. On top of that however you should clear the temporary files in your browser manually – just to be thorough.
Another option on Windows 10 that could be useful is an application which will automatically delete temporary files that aren’t required after a 30 day period. That way you don’t have to worry about them accumulating in the future.
Compress Video Files
Videos almost always tend to take up the most storage space, and in most cases they are probably the reason why your hard drive got so full, so quickly. If you are willing to delete some videos – great, but if not you can compress them instead…
Learn more about freeing up space on your computer from Mike Myers on his blog.