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How to Free Up Disk Space on Your Computer

Updated on March 12, 2013
How to free up disk space
How to free up disk space

Fix the "not enough disk space" error

So you are trying to install a new program or download a movie and you get this annoying "not enough disk space" error half way through. That's when you might start panicking and delete something you might need later on just to free up that extra bit of space. But you don't have to do that - there are plenty of ways to free up disk space without having to delete any of the files and programs you use. Here is how.

1. Delete junk files

The first thing to do when you are low on disk space is to delete junk files. These are temporary system and Internet files, outdated system restore points, log files and other things you don't need to keep for longer than a day. Junk files don't get deleted automatically, so you may have a couple of gigabytes of debris on your hard drive. Using the disk cleanup utility (Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup) or a tool like CCleaner will help you.

2. Delete duplicate files

The next thing you should do to free up disk space is delete duplicate files. Every single computer has them, no matter how organized you are. There will always be duplicate documents containing different edits, duplicate photos (like the ones you re-sized), duplicate iTunes songs or even duplicate movies. As you know, photos and especially songs and videos are pretty large files. So deleting the duplicates can free up a lot of space. There is no Windows tool to delete duplicate files, which means you will need to use a third-party tool like Easy Duplicate Finder or any other similar program.

3. Uninstall programs you don't use

The next step is to remove programs you don't use. There are bound to be some of those on your computer. The first things to get rid of are trial versions of various programs and demo versions of various games. They are big space-wasters and you should get rid of them as soon as you decide to either purchase the full version or not use the program at all. The next things to go are the programs that you once installed but don't use anymore. Deleting unused programs will free up lots of space and make your computer faster, too. You can uninstall programs from the Control Panel in a quick and easy way.

4. Move large files

And last but not least, think about moving large files, like your music and videos, to an external hard drive. Doing that has a lot of benefits - you will always have your stuff easily accessible and it will not waste space on your PC. It's also a great way to back up your files in case something goes wrong. You can also use a free cloud service like Dropbox or CX to back up your files online and have access to them from any computer with an Internet connection.

Now you should be rid of the "not enough disk space" error and have some more hard drive space to yourself.


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      Snurre 5 years ago

      @wwolfs, thank you for reading and commenting!

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      wwolfs 5 years ago

      Nice hub and useful tips. There are some I will have to try. Especially programs that I never use. Thanks so much for sharing.

      Voted up and useful!