With unlimited functionalities, limited storage space remains a constraint for many users. No matter how much you invest in your PC or laptop you will only have finite storage space. However, the duplicacy of data is one of the major concerns of fast-filling drives. Majorly duplicate images are a concern when cleaning up your space. The manual detection of duplicate data is nearly impossible and can be a tedious task when performed. There are many duplicate image finder software available online that can identify the redundant images on your device and delete them. All you need to do is download the best available software and let it perform its scan and delete similar images.
The same method can be used to find similar files. Download a free duplicate file finder tool and allow it to perform the deduplication process. The tool can identify similar files and enables you to take appropriate actions on them. These tools can save a lot of time and space on your PC or Laptop. Also, data management is easier when you get rid of redundant data.
However, if cleaning up the duplicate data isn’t enough and you are still facing issues with storage space the article mentions tricks that can help you gain a couple of GB’s in your hard disk quickly.
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Tips to Reclaim Storage Space on your Windows 10:
The tips below can help you free up some space on your drive. You can use these tips every once in a while as these tips can also enhance the speed and working of your device.
#1 Empty Recycle Bin
Whenever you delete any file or data from your device it is not permanently deleted and remains stored in the Recycle Bin folder. This can be an advantage when you accidentally delete some data and wish to recover it later. But most of the time the deleted data that remains in Recycle bin only eats up the storage space of your device. So the first thing to be done while seeking some storage space for your device is to clean Recycle bin.
Right-click on the folder of Recycle bin and choose the empty to recycle bin option. Accept the warning that says are you sure you wish to permanently delete items in the Recycle Bin.
#2 Perform a Disk Cleanup
Windows devices are equipped with an in-built tool that can clean your device by removing unnecessary files. These files include temporary files from the internet, files of system errors, etc.
Open the Start menu and search for Windows Administrative Tools. Choose Disk cleanup and then the files you wish to remove and click on OK.
#3 Delete Temp Files
If you don’t want to run disk cleanup you can simply delete the temp files on your device too. Open the Settings app on your device. Click on the System and from the left pane click the Storage option. From this section click on Temporary files. Fill the checkboxes for the file you want to delete and use the Remove Files option to delete these temp files.
#4 Save Files on Different Drive
Your hard drive is often partitioned into different smaller drives. But the default storage drive can be changed if it goes out of storage space. Open Settings App on your device from the start menu. Click on System and then on Storage. Update the partition drive in which the content should be saved from the link that reads ‘Change where content is saved’. Also, you can set it to an external drive connected to your Windows PC.
However, another option is to save your data by storing it on Cloud services like OneDrive, etc. The data stored in these Drives is accessible everywhere and saves a lot of space for your device. Use the OneDrive service on your Windows PC. Search for OneDrive in the search bar. Open the App and log in or Sign up with your credentials. Copy or move your files from your PC to OneDrive and vice-versa.
Note: To check the type of files in File Explorer check the status of files. If the status has blue cloud this means the file is only available online. Whereas if the status is green check in a white circle this signifies that the file can revert back to Onedrive if the device runs out of the store. Lastly, if the status is a white checkmark in a green circle then the file is stored on your device and will not go online even if you run out of space.
#5 Uninstall the Apps that are not Required
Many apps lie in the trash as they are not used anymore by you. These apps hold a large space on your Windows device. Check the apps from the Settings. Sort these apps depending upon their size and click on Uninstall to remove the unnecessary apps.
To uninstall Programs, Open the Control panel of your device. Locate Programs and click on Uninstall option [present next to them to free up the storage space occupied by these programs.
We hope the above article helped you with the storage space issue in your Windows 10 PC. Use the above tips to free up the extra space occupied by unnecessary applications and programs. Moreover, these tips will also enhance the performance of your device. Make sure you remove the duplicate files from your device manually or by using a tool.
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