• Harrison Jones

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC

Updated: May 20

Running out of storage space in your Windows PC again?

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC

Seeing your storage get used up quickly is never a fun sight to see. Here's some great ways to free up storage on Windows PC, so you don't have to worry about being out of storage again.








Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC

Method 1: Empty Your Recycle Bin

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC


When you delete files on your Windows 10 PC, do you delete them, or do you permanently delete them? If you're not doing the latter, you can be clogging up multiple useless files on your PC. By emptying your recycle bin, you will rid of any temporary files that are in the recycle bin. To avoid having to empty your recycle bin every couple of days/weeks, you can alternatively permanently delete files. The permanently delete option will automatically appear when you left-click on any file on your main PC storage drive.

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC

Method 2: Use The Disk Cleanup Utility Feature

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC


If you didn't know already, Windows uses a program called Disk Cleanup, this is a handy tool to free up storage by removing temporary internet files, data files from previous Windows 10 updates that might still be lurking on your device, and system error files which haven't been discarded of automatically.


To load up the disk cleanup tool, head to the start menu, type in "Windows Administrative Tools", then select "Disk Clean-up". The tool will load up and calculate how much storage you can free up.


Files that may appear include:

  • Downloads

  • Delivery optimisation files

  • Recycle bin files

  • Thumbnails

  • Internet Files

  • Offline web page files

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC

Method 3: Manually Delete Temporary Files

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC

You don't have to use disk cleanup, alternatively, you can head to Settings > Storage. Under the storage details for Windows (C:), click on Temporary Files. A list of types of files that can be deleted will appear, pick which ones you'd like to remove and then click "Remove Files". This method will free up more space as it includes more update clean-up files via Windows.

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC

Method 4: Optimise Using Windows' Built-In Feature: Storage Sense

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC


You probably didn't notice while trying the last step, but on the main page for storage settings, there is a built-in toggle from Windows 10, called Storage Sense, this will automatically delete temporary files of your choice when you switch the feature on. To use Storage Sense, simply Head to Start > Storage > Turn on Storage Sense (Configure Storage Sense or run it now).


From here you can choose which kinds of files you wish to automatically be removed from your device, and after how many days you would like the process to repeat itself. This is a handy tool to save you worrying about a backlog of temporary files lurking on your system, whether it be downloads, update logs or something else.

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC

Method 5: Move Your Saved Files Onto A Dedicated Cloud Storage

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC


Depending on the size of files you're dealing with, switching to a cloud storage setup can dramatically improve the amount of free storage space on your PC, and keep it running at an optimum speed.


A good example is OneDrive, you can have a dedicated cloud-based storage folder which automatically backs up files to the cloud when you put them in that folder. This means you can remove the files from your PC, saving on storage, while still being able to access your files via your OneDrive account, these files will be accessible from any device you log in to your OneDrive with too!

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC

Method 6: Uninstall Non-Essential Applications

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC


Used to play that PC game back in the day? Downloaded a program only to use it once in your life? Non-essential applications can take up a serious portion of your storage without you realising, so it's best to remove these files. To do so, simply head to the Windows search box (Type here to search), and type "Add Or Remove Programs", this will open up a list of all your active applications - Uninstall any that you know you don't use, this will free up a large percentage of storage so you won't have to stress about running out of storage any time soon.

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC

Method 7: Save Files Onto An External Hard Drive

Easy way to free up storage on your Windows PC


If you find that storage is used up too quickly from saving files to your Windows (C:) drive, it might be a good idea to purchase an external hard drive or USB drive. By having an external drive, you can still save files, but with much more reassurance, knowing that storage won't clog up on your PC, thus meaning your device will keep running efficiently.


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