Technology is advancing rapidly and computer components are affected by this. Files are getting bigger and bigger, taking up more disk space, so sooner or later we all get to a point where our computer can’t store more data. This situation is more common if you have an SSD, which although they are faster and more efficient, their high cost means that we buy one with a lower capacity than if it were a normal hard disk where GB is cheaper.
Uninstall Unnecessary Apps
Uninstalling unused applications is a good solution to free up disk space without having to get rid of your files. To do this go to the Windows Control Panel and look for the Uninstall a program section. In the next window, you will have a list of everything installed. Review and locate the programs you don’t use. Of course, you have to be careful because there are some things that are installed that seem to be unnecessary but are really important to the system, such as video or audio drivers, or the software that the touchpad of your laptop. Make sure you are not removing necessary components.
Clean Temporary Files
The more we use the computer, each program stores data of all kinds that take up valuable space, and that over time can reach a substantial size, especially your web browser. The fastest way to clean temporary files from the entire system is by using a tool that does it for us. It could be done manually but it takes too long and it is a tedious process. A very good application for this is the popular CCleaner, it is free and allows you to delete all kinds of junk files that accumulate on your PC in just a few clicks.
Windows includes some tools to maintain the system. You can use Disk Cleanup if you don’t want to install third-party tools, just type “free” in the start menu and you can directly access it. If you right-click on the icon of your hard drive in Windows Explorer and go to the properties, you can also access this tool.
This allows you to delete temporary internet files, recycle bin files, system error files, and various others. You just choose what you want to delete and wait for the program to end.
Upload your files to the cloud or use an additional disk
If you have files that you want to keep but are not constantly using, you can use a cloud storage service to back them up and free up space easily. This is an excellent idea for photos and videos that take up a lot of disks but you don’t want to lose. If you don’t fully trust the cloud, you can buy a portable hard drive to store everything you don’t need to have on hand on your computer, and if you have a desktop PC it’s a good idea to buy an additional large-capacity hard drive just to back up records.