Is Your Hard Drive is running out of space and Slowing Your Computer Down
A good guideline is to have at least 10% of the total drive size free to allow to Windows to make use of that free space to run efficiently. Any less than 10% and you will start experiencing a major slow down.
Windows uses the free space on your drive as “Virtual Memory”, temporary files, log files, installations and much more. If you have less than the recommended 10% free hard disk space, Windows will not have the free disk space to operate properly, and a result, your computer will feel slower and slower until it finally stops all together.
How to Free Up Hard Drive Space:
You need to clear out what you don’t need and free up some more space.
- Empty the Recycle Bin and Delete Temporary Files
After emptying the Recycle bin, delete all the temporary files in the following locations…
- Temp Folder – Copy %temp% and paste it into the search bar in your start menu. This will takes you to C:\Users\<your_profile_name>\AppData\Local\Temp) – delete all files in this folder
- System Temp Folder – Copy %systemtemp%\temp and paste it into the search bar in the start menu as with above option. Also delete all files in this folder
- Run the Disk Cleanup manager
- Copy %windir%\system32\cleanmgr.exe and paste it into the search bar in your start menu. This will takes you to C:\Users\<your_profile_name>\AppData\Local\Temp) – a box will open asking you what drive you would like to clean up.
- Uninstall Unnecessary Applications
- In the Start Menu, type “uninstall a program” and press <enter>
- This will take you to the uninstall tool in the control panel
- When you see a list of programs, sort by the “Installed On” or “Size” columns to get an idea of what can go.
- Check out what is really on your Hard Disk
Download the free program “JDiskReport” here
This program creates a pie chart of what is taking up space on your computer. This will allow you to know what programs are using the most resources and optimise or remove them if possible.
You will need to scan the local disk (Usually drive C) which can take 10 minutes if your drive is huge. Once the scan is finished it will present you with a pie chart.
- Run a disk check on your hard drive
Sometimes the free space can be mis-represented.
Disk Check can be found in your Drive tools.
- Start | Computer | Right Mouse on “Local Disk (C)” | Properties
- In the “properties” dialogue, select the “tools” tab
- Press “Check Now”
- In the popup window select both boxes (“Automatically”… and “Scan for”….)
- Press start and agree to scheduling a disk check in the second popup window.
- Restart your computer
- Purchase a portable Hard Drive
You can then move your pictures, movies, music etc off your full hard drive and transfer them to the new drive. You can leave the new drive plugged into your computer to run a an additional drive, so your files will still always be accessible. Or you can just plug it in when you want to access the files stored on it. You can regain many gigs of disk space this way as most media files are very large file sizes and fill drives quickly.