How to free up hard drive space on your Windows 10 PC

How to free up hard drive space on your Windows 10 PC

Files are getting larger day by day, while we keep loading up our storage with more pictures and videos in addition to a large number of files we download from the internet. As a result, the available storage space shrinks over the years and the problem is even bigger when you own a computer with limited storage.


If your computer’s hard drive is running out fast, the best shot for fixing the issue is to remove wasteful files and folders from your computer. In this post, we will walk you through tips to free up hard drive space on your Windows 10 PC.

How to free up hard drive space on your Windows 10 PC

  1. Remove unnecessary files

Removing the files you are not using serves as the top priority if you want to reclaim some hard drive space on your computer. Fortunately, Windows 10 allows you to get an overview on how much space is now being utilized on your main system drive and external drive with some simple steps. Noticeably, you will see which folders or apps are taking up the most space on your computer, thereby allowing you to identify and make decision on those files or folders.

Step one: First and foremost, you need to use the keyboard shortcut Windows + I to launch the Settings app on your computer

Step two: Once you are in, click on System. After that, click on Storage to proceed

Step three: You are now supposed to select the hard drive you want to get inside. Once you are in, you will notice that Windows 10 sorts the content by folders. All you have to do now is to click on the item’s name you wish to analyze to access more information

Step four: You now can click the view button to open folder location and remove files you no longer use

Step five: Once you are done, click on Temporary files in which Windows 10 houses different kinds of temporary files you want to remove. Click on the file you want to delete and follow the instructions to remove.

  1. Remove duplicate photos

Duplicate photos can take a considerable amount of your hard drive space. If you are one of those who frequently take multiple photos of same thing, the best shot for reclaiming some space is to remove duplicate images.

Windows 10 won’t let you delete duplicate images by default. Therefore, you can use a third-party app called Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder to locate and remove duplicate photos

Step one: First and foremost, download and extract the file on your computer. Once you are done open the tool on your computer

Step two: You now need to click the “+” button to add a folder location you want to scan for duplicate images

Step three: Let the scan begin by simply click the Start Search button. Once the scan is complete, you will see all the duplicate images and click the Delete button on any images you no longer need

Step four: Click the Yes button to confirm. Repeat the process until you remove all the duplicate images on your computer.

These are two tips to free up hard drive space on your Windows 10 PC. There are a lot of tips we cannot cover in one article.

Also read: Steps to completely remove 3D Builder app from Windows 10

Don’t forget to share with us if you come up with another tip that we missed in the comments below.

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