In order for our computer, smartphone, or tablet to work properly, they need free disk space. Our operating system, and apps write instructions, and leave data so that it can be reused in future, making them work faster. For example, when you open apps like Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, or any other app, the first time you are asked to log in, configure the app, and need to wait a bit for your data to load. These apps will open faster the next time you open them.
The solutions listed below will show you how to get more disk space. They apply to computers running on Windows (Asus, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, HP, and more), macOS (iMac, MacBook, Mac, Mac mini), as well as on smartphones and tablets running on Android OS (Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Sony, OnePlus, etc.), and iOS (iPhone, iPad). All you need to do is to follow the instructions carefully.
The most forgotten place that occupies disk space is the Recycle Bin. All the files you delete are not actually deleted. They are simply moved to the recycle bin, the purpose of which is to help you restore them, in case if you deleted them accidentally. In order to permanently delete files, and free up space, you need to empty the trash can, i.e. delete the files from the trash can, too.
Developed by Microsoft, the Disk Cleanup tool is a very powerful tool allowing you to free up tremendous amount of space taken from you without you realizing it. It will scan for, and clean every single file it deems unnecessary, following your consent.
To run the Disk Cleanup tool, and free up space, follow the steps below:
Select the check box of the files you wish to be removed.
One of the best ways to clean up disk space is to remove programs you don't need, and keep only the programs you need the most. In Windows, you can uninstall programs in two ways (if you use Windows 8, 8.1, and Windows 10), via Settings, and via the Control Panel.
To uninstall programs via Settings, follow the steps below:
To uninstall apps through the Control Panel, follow the steps below:
Note: Avoid uninstalling programs that contain Intel, nVidia, Realtek, or AMD, in their name, as they are computer drivers.
Freeing up disk space is removing data you don't need. Some of that data is visible and accessible to you (photos, videos, music, games, and other documents), however, some of the data you have isn't (e.g. cached data, and temp files). Locating the hidden data is time consuming and dangerous, because if you remove something you are not allowed to, you can cripple the operating system.
There are many free third-party software solutions that will help you clean your computer, with some of them being CCleaner and iObit. Install a software solution of your choice, run a scan, and it will inform you what can be safely removed. After your confirmation, data will be removed.
If you have photos, music, videos, or other files that you want to keep but don't necessarily want on your device, consider saving them to removable media (offline storage), such as an external drive, USB drive, DVD, or cloud (online) storage, such as Google Drive, iCloud or Dropbox.
You'll still be able to view those files, and copy them back to your device, as long as your devices connected to the removable media or cloud storage, but they won't take up space on your device.
Note: Feel free to check out the solutions on how to back up your data.
Consider deleting the files you no longer need, in order to free up space. Start from the files that occupy the most space. You can find them, by following the steps below:
The largest files on your PC display at the top.
Also, you can find files and remove them, in the Downloads folder (C:\Users\[YourUsername]\Downloads).
Majority of computers allow for upgrading the storage capacity, thus freeing up more space. All you need to do is to go to take your computer with you to a store, purchase a storage drive, and have it installed by professionals.
If you only install programs in Local Disk (C:), where the Windows system files are located, your computer will get slow once it runs out of disk space.
The best solution to this problem is to free up disk space, and the best way is to reinstall programs (BUT NOT DRIVERS) from Local Disk (C:) into Local Disk (D:). Uninstall them through an uninstalling software (or uninstaller) to avoid possible future conflicts, or via control panel.
After you have finished reinstalling programs and moving files, run a scan using tools like Advanced Systemcare Free or Pro or CCleaner to clean the cache, junk and temp files.
If you keep all your personal data in the Local Disk (C:) and in (My) Documents with all its subfolders (Pictures, Music, Videos), which also belong to Local Disk (C:), Local Disk (C:) will eventually run out of free space.
Move personal data (pictures, videos, music and etc.) from Local Disk (C:) to Local Disk (D:) or to an external hard disk drive, and empty the Recycle bin as well (make sure to empty it frequently because it also belongs to Local Disk (D:)).
Also, temp and junk files occupy a significant amount of disk space. Run frequent scans with Advanced Systemcare Free or Pro or CCleaner to clean the cache, junk and temp files.
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