If you are worried about your PC’s hard disk getting full and cannot afford to upgrade it at the moment, then here are some things you can do to rake in some free space on your hard disk.
Run the Windows Disk Cleanup Utility
The Disk Cleanup utility will look over the files on your hard disk and earmark a whole bunch that it thinks can be deleted. These will include the contents of your recycle bin, files that were temporarily downloaded by your web browser, files that aren’t accessed often (and can be compressed) and other various temporary and log files.
To run the utility, click on the Start Menu and type “Disk Cleanup” this will bring up the utility. At first it will evaluate your hard disk and see what files can be removed, it will then show you it’s findings.
From here you can select the types of files that you want deleted or compressed and then confirm that you want these deleted. It’s usually safe to delete temporary files, though you may find that certain websites take longer to load the next time around.
It is a great application which cleans up your hard disk. You can initially analyze your disk and get an estimate of how much free space can be accomplished by clearing up the junk on your drives. After the analysis is completed, you can remove the files which you want to stay. Then you can run the CCleaner to erase all the unwanted files.
This application can clean up your system cache files, browser history, browser cache, unwanted databases and it also has a Registry cleaner.
Delete unused applications
The chances are that there are applications on your PC that you don’t want or use. These may have been pre-installed by the manufacturer or you may just not need them anymore. Whatever the reason, deleting these applications can free up a whole bunch of space on your PC’s hard disk.
To remove programs that you no longer need, click on the Start menu and then click “Control Panel”.
In the window that opens, select “Programs and Features”. This will bring up the window below, from which you can select programs that you no longer need and delete them from your computer by clicking the “uninstall” button on the top.
Some applications can be more than a Gigabyte in size, so removing some bulky programs that you never use anyway can free up a whole load of space.
Just be careful not to accidentally delete any programs that you regularly use, and if you do; make sure that you have the installation disk to hand.
Defragmenting your hard disk
Running a “defrag” on your hard disk may free up a small amount of space, though it won’t be a huge amount.
Fragmentation occurs when files are split up and put into different areas of the hard disk. Not only can this waste free space but it can also slow down your computer as it has to look in multiple areas of a hard disk in order to find a single file.
Defragmenting puts the files back in one piece so that they can be read quicker by the computer, but it can also create a bit of extra space, so it’s worth a try.
To run the Windows Defragmenter tool, click on the Start Menu and type “defrag” and then hit the enter key.
The first step is to click on the “Analyze disk” button. This will take a look at the fragmentation on your disk and will let you know if there is enough fragmented files for you to consider running the utility.
If it comes back and says there isn’t, then great! It means that your hard disk is in good health.
If it comes back and says that there is, then it’s time to hit that “Defragment disk” button. This will take a long time. Sometimes several days to complete. But afterwards you will notice that your files open quicker, you computer runs faster and you may even have some additional space on your disk.