Hi everyone, in this article we will show you how to find files and folders that are taking up valuable space on your PC. It happens. The longer we keep our devices, the more cluttered they become. A good example of this is your phone’s app tray. How many of them have you not opened in months or years? This clutter is not only annoying, it can be dangerous. Tap or click on the smart way to delete apps you don’t use. So let’s get started without further delay.
Happens. The longer we keep our devices, the messier they get. Open your phone’s app tray to see a great example. How many are sitting there that haven’t opened in months or years? This mess is not only annoying, it can also be dangerous. On your PC, your Start menu is probably a mess too. That’s easy to clean, and you’ll thank you every time you click on it. Then there are all those files that you don’t really need. Read on for your easy action plan to free up space like a pro.
How to find Files and folders taking valuable storage on your PC
Step 1: Empty the recycle bin
- When you delete a file, it doesn’t go away. It goes to the Recycle Bin first, waiting for you to take a more permanent action. To get them out of purgatory, right-click on your Recycle Bin and click Empty Recycle Bin.
- Here’s another option that shows you even more files: Go to Settings> System> Storage> Temporary Files. You will see a list of temporary files, including the contents of the Recycle Bin. Check the Recycle Bin (and anything else you want to get rid of) box, then select Delete files.
Step 2: clear temporary files
- Temporary files are created to help applications or processes run smoothly, or to help with data transfer and other processes. Over time, they can take up a lot of space. To erase them, open your C: drive, select the Windows folder, then Temp (C: Windows Temp). Press Ctrl + A to select all, then press Delete.
- You can also navigate to Settings> System> Storage> Temporary files. Select what you want to delete and press Delete files.
Step 3: clear the hibernation file
- When you put your PC to sleep, it stores your windows, documents, and open files in memory.
- Hibernate does the same, but saves these things to your hard drive instead of using your system memory. You can disable hibernation if you don’t use it. That’s how:
- Right-click the Start button or press Win + X, then select Command Prompt (Administrator) or Windows PowerShell (Administrator). Enter the following command to disable hibernation: powercfg.exe / hibernate off.
Step 4: Remove the previous version of Windows
- Windows automatically removes the previous version of the operating system from your machine after an update. You can also manually delete it before that happens to reclaim some space. Warning: you won’t be able to go back to your previous version of Windows if you change your mind.
- Go to Settings> System> Storage> Temporary Files. Under Delete temporary files, select Previous version of Windows and then Delete files.
We hope you enjoy our article about finding files and folders that are taking up valuable space on your PC. No matter how big your PC or laptop’s hard drive or solid-state drive is, you’ll eventually run out of storage space. When you hit the physical storage limit of your PC. So if you like our article, share it with others.