September 20, 2017

16 Ways to Recover Hard Disk Space in Windows 10

It is a very common problem to see how the computer hard drive or SSD are full and when you least expect it we find that we do not have storage space to save photos, videos, download files or install new applications or programs. If you are looking for the ways to free up space on your disk so you can continue to store files or install new applications, then you are at the right place. Here, we will show you the 16 incredible different ways to free up space on your hard drive in Windows 10. 

Different Ways to Recover Hard Disk Space in Windows 10

Let us see all the different ways to recover the hard disk space in Windows 10 so that we can save more data on our Laptop or PC.

Uninstall applications or programs that we no longer use

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

Windows 10 shows the space occupied by the applications installed on the computer. Go to the Configuration page> Applications> Applications and features to see it. There we can see the amount of space that occupies in 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.

Disable Hibernation to Free Up Hard Disk Space

The Windows hibernation mode creates a paging file, hyberfil.sys that can occupy up to almost the same gigas as RAM we have installed on the PC. Although in some cases it may be a mode to be used, in case of fair storage space on 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 launch the powercfg / hibernate off command and wait for the process to complete so that hibernation mode is disabled.

Disable or remove 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 last system restore points occupying a very valuable space, especially when we are just up to capacity. Therefore, a good recommendation is to delete all the system restore points except the last one, in case you find any problems being able to get back to it.

To do this, open the Windows disk space freezer, select the system drive, click on the Clean system files button, select the drive again and then go to the More options tab and click on the Release button inside 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.

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 that we are deleting are stored. These elements disappear from their location but they do not cease to occupy space on the disk, since what they previously occupied in the partition where they were stored, now occupy 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 holding down the Shift key while pressing the Delete button.

Delete obsolete driver versions

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

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 drive where we have Windows installed. This folder contains data from the previous installations of Windows and is sure to have a size of several gigs, 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.

Delete files from the download folder

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

Delete temporary files

Temporary files may also occupy an important space on the hard drive, therefore, it is a very convenient practice to delete all temporary files stored in Windows 10.

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 in order to keep track of everything related to system updates. This cache, of course, occupies an important storage space on the hard disk, so it is convenient to delete the cache of updates if we want to free up space. 

Delete unused user accounts

Windows user accounts also take up space, although it will depend on the number of files and their size associated with the account. However, all sum and if you want free space on your hard drive, this can help you to release a little more. To remove one or more user accounts that we do not use in Windows, simply go to the Settings page> Accounts> Family and other people, select the account and click on the Delete button. 

Compress drives to free up hard drive space

Compressing 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 have no choice, 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 on the Apply button to make the changes effective.

Compressing Windows 10 Setup

Compact OS is a new tool developed by Microsoft and allows to compress the binaries of the operating system without altering the user data to save space on the hard disk. 

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

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

Finishing the delivery optimization files

The files of Optimization of delivery with those that are downloaded further when we download some game or application. In fact, many users have been able to see how after downloading games from the Windows Store their storage was quickly depleted thanks to these delivery optimization files. To finish them, open the Windows 10 disk space freezer, select the corresponding drive, check the box Files of Optimization of delivery and accept to free the space that they occupy.

Delete Temporary Files from Applications

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

Delete duplicate files and 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 to 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 space on Hard Disk on our Windows 10 PC or Laptop. I hope these methods will help you to increase the storage space on your Windows 10 Computer. If you have any queries let us know in the below comment section. We will solve all your queries as soon as possible.
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Which methods do you follow to free up or to get more space on your Windows 10 Hard disk or drive?

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