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Sunday, October 15, 2017

16 Ways to Recover Hard Disk Space in Windows 10

It is a very common problem to see how hard computers or SSDs are and, when you least expect it, we find that we do not have storage space to store photos, videos, download files or install new applications or programs. If you're searching for ways in which to free area on your disk thus you'll still store files or install new applications, then you are within the right place. Here, we'll show you the sixteen completely different and unimaginable ways in which to free up area on your disc drive in Windows 10.

Different Ways to Recover Hard Disk Space in Windows 10

Let's look at all the different ways to recover hard disk space in Windows 10 so that we can save more data on our laptop or PC.

1. Uninstall applications or programs that we no longer use

Undoubtedly, this is the first option in which all Windows 10 users think and many of us will. That is, uninstall applications that are installed on your computer and are no longer in use. In this way, we can free up a good amount of storage space on the hard drive to install new programs or download photos or videos to your computer's hard drive.

Windows 10 shows the space occupied by the applications installed on the computer. Go to the Settings> Applications> Applications and Features page to view it. There we can see the amount of space that occupies each disk of each of them to see with which we can free up more space. When you click on one of them, you can see the option to uninstall that software directly from there.

2. Disable hibernation to free up hard disk space

Windows hibernation creates a paging file, hyberfil.sys that can occupy almost the same gigabytes as the RAM we have installed on the PC. Although in some cases may be a way to use, in the case of a storage space right on the disk, it is advisable to disable hibernation if we want to release a significant amount of memory from our disk.

To do this, we can open a command prompt window with administrator permissions and start the powercfg / hibernate off command and wait for the process to complete so that the hibernation mode is disabled.

3. Disable or delete system restore points.

The system restore points are very useful when we want to return to an earlier state of the computer. However, Windows 10 is saving the latest system restore points that occupy a very valuable space, especially when we are up to capacity. Therefore, a good recommendation is to remove all restore points from the system, except the last, in case you encounter any problems to be able to return to it.

To do this, open the Windows disc space deep freeze, choose the system drive, click the Clean System Files button, re-select the drive so attend the additional choices tab and click on the discharge button among the System Restore and Snapshots section.

Another option is to directly disable the creation of system restore points from the System Protection tab within the system properties window, where we must select the system drive and click Configure.

4. Empty the Recycle Bin to free up space on the hard disk.

The Recycle Bin is the space on the disk where all the files and folders we are deleting are stored. These elements disappear from their location, but they do not stop taking up space on the disk, because what they previously occupied in the partition where they were stored now occupies the space allocated for the recycle bin. Therefore, we can free up space on your hard drive by emptying the recycle bin or deleting files and folders permanently without going through the trash can by pressing the Shift key while pressing the Delete button.

5. Remove obsolete driver versions

Like previous versions of the applications, the above drivers may occupy a significant space on your hard drive. To remove the previous drivers from our computer, we have to open the free space on the disk and select the system drive, look for the option Device Driver Packages to mark it and then click OK to remove them.

6. Delete the Windows.old folder

If we have upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, we probably have a folder called Windows.old in the root of the disk where we have Windows installed. This folder contains data from previous installations of Windows and will surely have a size of several concerts, which we can quickly release by removing this folder. Something we can also do from the Windows Space Launcher by selecting the Previous Windows Installations option.

7. Delete files from the download folder

Windows has a download folder where everything we download to the hard drive is saved by default. Therefore, it is normal for this folder to increase in size if after downloading and installing a program. So be sure to delete the downloaded folder to increase the space on the hard drive or drive.

8. Delete temporary files

Temporary files can also occupy a significant space on the hard disk, therefore, it is a very convenient practice to delete all temporary files stored in Windows 10.

9. Clear the updates cache in Windows

Unless we use a third-party tool to control Windows Update, the Microsoft operating system always caches the data generated by the update platform to keep track of everything related to system updates. This cache, of course, occupies a significant storage space on the hard disk, so it is advisable to remove the cache of updates if we want to free up space.

10. Delete unused user accounts
Windows user accounts additionally take up disk space, though it'll rely upon the amount of files and therefore the size related to the account. However, all of them add up and if you wish free area on your disc drive, this could assist you liberate slightly a lot of. To remove one or more user accounts that we do not use in Windows, simply go to the Settings> Accounts> Family and other people page, select the account and click on the Delete button.

11. Compress drives to free up hard drive space

Compression drives may not be the best idea to free up space on your computer's hard drive, especially if you do not want this to affect system performance. However, if we do not have another option, we can compress the drives of our hard drive to recover some storage space. From the file explorer we select the unit to be compressed, and with the right mouse button, we access its properties.

This will open a window in which from the General tab, we can check the Compress this drive option to save the disk space. Once this is done, click the Apply button to make the changes effective.

12. Compress Windows 10 Settings

Compact OS is a new tool developed by Microsoft that allows compressing operating system binaries without altering user data to save hard disk space.

13. Delete the largest files on the hard drive if we no longer need them.

Deleting files, of course, also helps to recover hard disk space, but to recover a significant amount, we should have to delete many files or those that are larger. From Windows Explorer, you can search for files that have a larger MB, so we can see which files are larger to keep on your hard disk and which ones can erase.

14. Finalize delivery optimization files

The delivery optimization files that are downloaded the most when downloading a game or application. In fact, many users have been able to see how after downloading games from the Windows Store their storage ran out quickly thanks to these delivery optimization files. To finish them, open the Windows ten space freezer, choose the corresponding drive, check the Archiving of optimisation of delivery and settle for to free the area they occupy.

15. Delete temporary application files

From the new Windows 10 configuration page, you can tell the system to delete the temporary files that are not being used by the applications installed on the computer. To do this, open the Settings, Win + R, and go to System> Storage> Change free space mode. Once there, you can find a switch that allows you to enable the removal of temporary files that our applications do not use to free up space on the hard disk

16. Delete Duplicates Folders

Although not an easy task, there are third-party tools that can help us find and delete duplicate files and folders such as Anti-Twin, Smart Duplicate Finder, Clone Spy or Dead Ringer among others. It can also help us free up space on the hard drive to move certain files like our photos and videos to some cloud storage service.

These are the 16 ways to recover the hard disk space on our PC or Windows 10 laptop. I hope these methods will help you increase the storage space on your Windows 10 computer. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below. We will resolve all your inquiries as soon as possible.

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What methods do you follow to free up space or to get more space on your hard drive or Windows 10 disk drive?

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