Use a Disk Cleanup tool: This is an effective tool to clean your hard drive effortlessly. Use this tool to free up enough space on your system to make it run smoother. To do so:
- Open the Start button and Run “Disk Cleanup” and select it from the list.
- When prompted select the drive you want to clean and press OK.
- Select the check boxes to pick the file types you want to delete and press OK.
- Select Previous Windows Installation(s) check box to remove data from any previous installation of Windows.
- Now go back to the Computer in File Explorer and select the drive which you have cleaned and Refresh.
Uninstall desktop programs you don’t use: Use this feature to uninstall all those apps and programs you no longer need or use. To uninstall desktop apps, go to Start > Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Uninstall a Program. When prompted select the programs or apps you don’t want any more.
Certain programs include an option to change or repair the program itself in addition to uninstalling it. To change a program, click Change or Repair option.
Archive or delete unnecessary files: Your system stores lot of unnecessary and unused files and programs which get piled up over time. This accumulated data includes temporary files, old data files, unused files and programs, duplicate files and lot other unnecessary data. This data not only occupies precious disk space but it affects system speed and performance. Try to delete unnecessary data from your system or take backup on external drives.
Backup data on the Cloud: Cloud services offer a wide range of options to take backup of your important data on Cloud servers. This way you can store your important data on these servers and can access and restore it anytime anywhere. Using this option, you can spare some disk space for other important data.
Add more storage: This comes as a longer-term solution for your disk space worries. Try to expand your system’s disk storage capacity by using removable drives like SD Cards, USB, DVDs, CDs etc. or try SSD or larger hard disks. Hence it can prove bit costlier to apply.