How to Free Up Hard Disk Space on Windows 10

5 Tips on How to Free up Disk Space on Windows 10

Nowadays, almost all laptop and desktop hard disks comes with a multi terabyte hard disks. Therefore, running out free space is not a big concern. However, free space of your hard disk will running out soon because of store lot of applications, music, movies, pictures and so on. So how to free up disk space on Windows 10 when it is full? This post is going to explain how.

How to Free up Disk Space on Windows 10

01. Empty Recycle Bin

When you delete files and folders from your hard disk, it does not completely gone. In other words, the deleted files are temporary store in a specific folder called ‘Recycle bin’. You can empty the Recycle bin to take the space back acquired by deleted files.

To empty the recycle bin,

  1. Double click on the ‘Recycle bin’ icon on the desktop or search for ‘Recycle bin’ in the start menu to open the Recycle bin.
  2. Click on the Empty Recycle Bin on the Manage tab to permanently delete all files and folder in the recycle bin.
  3. You will be asked a confirmation, click Yes to continue.
How to Free up Disk Space on Windows 10 by Emptying Recycle Bin

Please note: Emptying recycle bin is irreversible and items go vanish forever. Therefore be remember to review all items individually before executing the command.

02. Uninstall Unused Apps

Review your installed apps collection. There is a good chance to find some never used or very rarely used apps. This is the time to uninstall those apps to free up disk space.

How to Uninstall Unused Apps

  1. Follow Start > Settings > System > Apps & features to view installed applications list.
  2. Review applications list and find apps those you rarely used.
  3. Click on an application then click Uninstall button to remove it.
How to Free up Disk Space on Windows 10 by Removing Unused Apps

03. Remove Duplicates

Sometimes, you have stored the same file in different locations (with different file names) on your hard disk. Such files called as duplicates. Removing duplicate copies of original files helps to gain free space in your hard disk.

You do not have to do it manually because CCleaner does to job well. Learn how to use CCleaner to remove duplicates from here.

Recommended reading: 5 Tips on How to Make Windows 10 Run Faster

04. Use Disk Clean-Up

Part of the free space of your PC system partition take up temporary files, downloaded files, memory dump files and many other unwanted content. Running a disk cleanup utility helps to delete unwanted content and take the free space again.

How to run disk cleanup?

Search for disk cleanup in the start menu and click on the Disk Cleanup utility. Then choose the Windows 10 partition to cleanup and click OK.

Windows is scanning your system partition for the cleanable files and folders. Once disk scanning is finished, a dialog box is appears with a report of how much you can free up by cleaning unwanted files. Click OK to run the disk cleanup process.

How to Free up Disk Space on Windows 10 by Using Disk Cleanup

05. Clean Up Downloads Folder

You download hundreds of things from the Internet. All your downloaded files are stored in Downloads folder of your user account unless you choose a custom location. Review all downloaded files again and delete all unwanted or unused items from the Downloads folder.

Final Words,

Finished reading the post ‘5 Tips on How to Free up Disk Space on Windows 10’? So try them all. I recommend you to run all disk cleaning utilities and methods at least once a week to gain disk space. And if you like, tell us how much disk space has freed by following this article. Please put it in a comment.

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