We’ve been discussing about this topic from when we started considering disk space as an important one among all your computer’s properties. Except from using for keeping your files in your PC, disk space is for empowering your computing device’s performance especially in the case of the partition where we used to install the most using OS. And, there is also another funny but true fact that whatever your disk space is, the whole memory will be used up in very few days from using. Because we know one thing that all your hard drive partitions are getting fatty every day even if you don’t want to do so. This fact has more importance if you’re using a Solid-State-Drive (SSD) for storing files in PC since they’ve lesser hard drive space than the usual HDD’s.
So here are some working tips for you, using which you could save your hard drive space and give first priority for important files and favorite programmes in your Windows powered PC. These tips include the removal of less important or non-important files or programmes.
Cleaning Up Your Disk (Disk Cleanup)
Microsoft Windows already consists of an in-built disk space saver tool in it from the manufacturing time itself. The feature is called Disk Cleanup which you may be aware of. So enabling feature and saving your disk space, just go to Your Computer (My Computer) to see the list of hard disk partitions. Right click on the drives and select the ‘Properties’ option. You’ll see a window shown in the image.
Hit the button Disk Cleanup for cleaning up temporary files and more useless files hence to make your hard drive less fatty. When you hit the above button, probably you’ll see a window like below. As you can see, the Cleanup system could remove Downloaded Programme Files, Temporary Internet Files, Recycle Bin, and lots more which actually eat your hard drive. Click on ‘Clean Up System Files.’
Say Goodbye to Hungry Applications & Softwares
We mentioned that the importance of disk space and its conservation is increase when considering the case of OS installation partition. As we know, OS installation partition is used for storing the Operating System files as well as programme files that you’ve installed on PC. Programmes and Application are essential for our PC use but there are some Programmes which eat your Hard Disk Space. So uninstalling those Space Hungry Softwares is a better way to save your disk space.
As you usually do, you can simply go to Control Panel and list out programmes installed on your PC. Like doing in the case of files, you can list programmes according to the disk space used by them. This is not completely effective since some applications hide the amount of disk space they use. Anyhow, having a look on high-weighing and not much important apps will help you a lot in saving your PC’s disk space.
Analysis of Disk Space
Analyzing Disk Space has an important activity in saving your Hard Drive Space because you could categorize main source of Disk Space use and which of your folders consists of more sized files. We’d told you before about some cool tools to analyze your PC’s Disk Space such as WinDirStat.
What WinDirStat doing is using some multicolored boxes to represent which type of folders and files are actually eating Hard Disk Space. If you found a specific programme or file to be eating up your Disk Space, you can simply delete/Uninstall it with a simple click.
Temporary Files Are Real Problems
We had told you about how Windows Disk Cleanup can help you in saving Hard Drive Space by removing unwanted files and folders from PC. But it’s not much effective since it’s not capable for clearing the Browser Caches that contribute a major part to eat your Hard Drive. As you know, Browser cache will help you when you frequently visit same websites. But you have to compromise with Website loading speed for getting a spacious Hard Drive.
CCleaner is such a good programme by which you could delete temporary files and hence to save your space. Another one of my favorites is Window Washer by Webroot because it helps me to save Gigabytes of Disk Space.
Duplicate Files? Problem Again
Files are what we need, but what about Duplicate Files? We know that they’re of no use but still, most of your PC’s will be including a large number of Duplicate Files. You can use some Applications for recognizing Duplicate files and deleting them at instant. dupeGuru is an example for such an Application with which you can find duplicated files.
Reduce Disk Space for System Restore Files
File Size used by System Restore is very much larger even though you don’t consider it as a main reason for disk space crisis. If you think the features of System Restore is not much important, you can simply save a bunch of disk space by setting a space limit of System Restores.
- No Hibernation of System: When you put your PC in hibernation mode, some data is saved into your Hard Drive instead of RAM. When you put hibernation mode on your PC, the next time you boot the system up, the system will start from where you left of in the last session. By this feature, all you have done on the session will be stored on the file C:\hiberfil.sys. So, disabling the Hibernation feature will save a lot space of Hard Drive.
- System Restore: We said that System Restore uses a lot of memory for it. So if you don’t want its features, you can disable the System Restore feature in order to save disk space.
Hope these ways will help you in saving your Disk Space of your Windows Powered PC. Do you’ve any other working ways for saving your hard disk space? Free feel to share those stuff on comment section.