It doesn’t matter how advanced your device is space will always run out within no time and that too under our nose and we can’t help it. We start saving pictures and videos first in our smartphones and then we either download some in our PC and also transfer some from our mobile to PC and make our PC’s space little one after another file saved. The problem with space is more when we have the SSD, in other words, the Solid-State Drive which carries very limited space in our computer.
So, whenever we feel that our PC’s space is keeping on getting smaller by the every passing day, we must plan a strategy to bring back or to expand our space. Here in this article, you will find five of the best tips if used can get back some of your precious hard drive space which will also help to speed up your computer loaded with Windows 10. So let us know all these five tips.
Reclaim Your Lost Space By Using These 5 Best Tips and Tricks for Your Windows 10
Tip #1: Delete files which are of no use
Normally, when we keep on downloading files in our folders, especially pictures, and videos we keep them as it is, even if we are not in need of at all. Because in Windows we never know how much space a folder is occupying with such files we never care about it either. But in Windows 10 we can overview how much space is using the main system drive and external hard drives by using the ‘Store settings’. Now you can check which folder is using how much space and which one has occupied the most. So, you should make a strategy to get back space by deleting some files and here is how you can find and delete those unnecessary files.
Step #1. Use Windows Key + I on your keyboard which is a shortcut to open the Settings
Step #2. Click on System and then on Storage.
Step #3. Under the Storage select the drive you want to analyze and over here you can even see different categories in which the default folders like Documents, Pictures and Music are also situated. View the storage amount and pick the one which you feel is holding more space which it shouldn’t.
Step #4. Click on the “View” button and delete the files you think are there unnecessarily.
Step #5. Head back to Storage and click on “Temporary Files”. Delete all the temporary files which you feel are not necessary by following the instructions prompted by your system after you click on the button.
Step #6. Again go back to Storage usage and click on Other. Here you will find all those folders which are not categorized by Windows 10. Pick up the folder which is using more space and click on them to access the location.
Step #7. Select the content, right-click on it and select Delete to remove the files and folders.
Tip #2: Delete File History Versions
All those automatically downloaded files will be saved on your external hard drive and the File History will keep your personal files constantly back up. So to stop these file occupying a large amount of the storage you need to change the File History version settings and also configure the cleanup tool to delete older versions of files and folders.
Step #1. Use the Windows Key + X shortcut to open the Power User menu and then select Control Panel.
Step #2. Click on File History and then click on “Advanced settings” on the left pane.
Step #3. Under “Version” you will see two options “Save copies of files” and “Keep saved versions”. Choose the best suite time as per your choice.
Step #4. Right under that, you will see “Clean up versions” link, click on it.
Step #5. In the window just opened you have to select “All but the latest one” option if you wish to keep one version of files to get the most space.
Step #6. Click on the “Clean up” button to finish the process.
Step #7. Click on “Save changes” to apply the changes to the “Advanced settings”.
Tip #3: Uninstall the App you don’t need at all
Previously we had only one option to get rid of apps by using the Control Panel. But now we got an option to uninstall an app in Windows 10 to increase the space on your storage drive. So it is a good idea that you uninstall all those apps which you don’t use at all. Here is how you can uninstall them.
Step #1. Use the Windows Key + I shortcut to open the Settings.
Step #2. Click on System and then on Apps & features.
Step #3. Now recognize those apps which you are not using and using the better part of your computer space. Select such app and click the Uninstall button.
Step #4. Confirm the Uninstall by clicking the button for the second time.
Note: If you are uninstalling a Windows 10 Store app then there is no action required. If it is a legacy desktop application then you need to follow the on-screen direction for the successful completion of uninstall. You can repeat the steps mentioned above to uninstall each app you want to.
Tip #4: Delete duplicate pictures
Sometimes you keep on clicking same types of pictures and then they are saved on your PC hard drive. Here you will need a third party software which is free to locate those pictures which look absolutely same. Once you find the duplicate pictures, you can delete them and increase the space in your PC. Here is how you can do that.
Step #1. Download Duplicate Photo finder app from its download page and click on the “Download portable version” link.
Step #2. Right click on the Zip folder and select Extract all and then click the Extract button.
Step #3. Now double click on the AwesomePhotoFinder.exe file from the extracted file as there is no installation required from this portable tool.
Step #4. On the main screen of the Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder, click on the “+” sign and add a folder location you want to scan the duplicate images.
Step #5. Click on Start Search button to begin the scan.
Step #6. Once the scan is completed you will be presented with all the duplicate pictures and similarity score. Click on Delete button on the images you want to remove.
Step #7. Click on Yes to confirm the deletion.
Tip #5: Delete the previous installation files of Windows
When you make an upgrade of your Windows 10 without formatting or if you install a fresh test build of your operating system the copies of the previous version or installation will be stored on your computer inside Windows.old folder. If after the upgrade you are certain not to go back to the older version then it is a good idea to remove these temporary files stored in an above-mentioned folder. By deleting those files you can actually get back more than 15 GB of your storage space.
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