Tips to free up drive space on your PC
Tips to Free Up Drive Space on Your PC
Running out of space on your PC can be a stressful situation, especially if you’re in the middle of an important project. However, there are several ways to free up space on your Windows PC by following the tips provided below. If you continue to receive low drive space messages, you may also consider adding additional removable storage options.
To maximize the effectiveness of these tips, it is recommended to follow them in the given order.
Cleaning out your PC regularly is essential for freeing up drive space and improving its overall performance. One of the simplest ways to accomplish this is by using Disk Cleanup, which helps you remove unnecessary files.
If you have desktop applications that you no longer need, it’s advisable to uninstall them through the Programs and Features section.
Please note that if you can’t find a specific program in the list, it might not be compatible with your version of Windows. In such cases, refer to the program’s documentation for uninstallation instructions.
Additionally, you can uninstall Store apps that are no longer of use to you. However, please remember that this action will only uninstall the Store apps from your user account.
In case you have files like photos, music, videos, or other data that you want to keep but don’t necessarily need on your PC, you can save them to removable media such as external drives, USB drives, DVDs, or cloud storage. By doing so, you’ll still be able to access and view these files as long as your PC is connected to the removable media or cloud storage, but they won’t occupy space on your PC.
Caution: It is crucial to avoid deleting files from the WinSxS folder or removing the entire WinSxS folder, as this can severely damage your system and make it impossible to restart or update your PC.
The WinSxS folder is located within the Windows folder on your PC (e.g., C:\Windows\WinSxS). It stores the Windows Component Store files, which are crucial for customizing and updating Windows. You can utilize the Task Scheduler to reduce the size of this folder safely.
Files that are available offline consume more space on your PC. If you are using OneDrive, it also requires 200 MB of free space on your PC to sync your files. To free up space, you can make certain files or folders online-only, meaning they will be stored in the cloud and won’t occupy local storage.
Note: To perform this action, the removable drive must be formatted with the NTFS file system.
Before moving your OneDrive files, ensure that the removable drive has enough space to accommodate them. Follow these steps to check the availability of space:
To move your OneDrive files, follow these steps:
Caution: Moving your OneDrive files will cancel any ongoing uploads.
If you need a long-term solution to expand your PC’s storage capacity, you can consider adding removable storage options such as SD cards, USB flash drives, DVDs or CDs, or utilizing cloud storage or network drives.
If you are using a Surface device, it is worth noting that you can add up to 64 GB of storage with a microSD card. On Surface RT, the microSD card reader is located under the right side of the kickstand. On Surface Pro, the card reader is situated on the right edge, above the power connection.
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