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How To Free up Disk Space On Your Pc

Firing up a new PC is a lot like peering into an empty closet with all kinds of space to fill. At first it seems like nothing’s too big for your shiny new device.

So you add an app here and a download there, plus files and folders you don’t want to keep in the cloud. Over the months and years it all adds up. Before you know it, your once tidy Lenovo system is filled with data stored here, there and everywhere.

As we head into the New Year, now is a good time to clean your hard drive and free up precious PC real estate.

Here are six methods you can follow to get the job done quickly and thoroughly to free up space:

# 1: Purge Items Taking up the Most Space

With Windows 8.1, it’s easier than ever to identify exactly which files and apps are causing your PC to feel cramped. If you look under Media and files in the Disk space summary, you’ll see which folders are taking up the most space.

Are pictures taking up a lot of room? You may want to consider migrating some of them to an external hard drive or cloud storage service. Do you have more documents than anything else? It might be time to review and eliminate ones you no longer need.

You can also click See my app sizes to see how much space your Windows Store apps are taking up. If you see a larger app you don’t use, tap or click the app and select Uninstall to remove it.

To see and uninstall desktop apps you no longer need:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen (or move your mouse up from the lower-right corner) to tap or click Settings
  2. Tap or click Control Panel
  3. Type Programs and Features into the Search box
  4. Tap or click the program you want to purge and then tap or click Uninstall

# 2: Take Out the Virtual Trash

When was the last time you emptied your PC’s Recycle Bin? If it’s been so long you can’t remember, this is the place to start. Double click or tap the desktop icon to open it. As long as you don’t see anything you might actually need, tap or click Manage > Empty Recycle Bin.

Now, on to the real fun.

# 3: Find Out How Much Space You Can Take Back

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen (or move your mouse up from the lower-right corner) and tap or click Settings > Change PC settings PC and devices > Disk space.      

Now, wait a few moments (longer if you have a lot of files) for your machine totally up results. Note the amount of available space. If there’s not much left, move on to step three. If you still have plenty of room to fill, you may want to skip to step four.

Method 4: Use Cleanup Disk

One of the easiest ways to keep your PC clean is to regularly use your system’s Disk Cleanup feature. It’s like having a housekeeping service built right into your machine. But you have to call it to action. Here’s how:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen (or move your mouse up from the lower-right corner) to tap or click Settings
  2. Tap or click Control Panel and type Admin into the Search box
  3. Tap or click Administrative Tools
  4. Double-tap or click Disk Cleanup
  5. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, tap or click Clean up system files and type in your administrator password if prompted

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You’ll see a list of potentially extraneous files as well as the amount of space you’d free up by deleting them. Check off boxes next to any you want to get rid of and tap or click OK.

Method 5: Make Better Use of Cloud Storage

If you use your PC to sync files stored in the cloud—such as the Windows Mail App or OneDrive, consider adjusting your settings so some files are accessible online only.

Within the OneDrive app, you can do this by selecting a file or folder you don’t need to access offline and then tapping or clicking Make online-only.

To adjust your email settings, go to Settings Accounts and then select the account you want to change. Under Options, note the box under “Download email from.” This is where you can decide how far back you want to go to see your email. To free up space, choose the last month or less.

There are other ways to clear out your PC, but these are some of the easiest ways to take backspace and start the New Year with a much cleaner closet.

Method 6: Delete Partition D To Free Up Space

This operation will remove the D drive and its contents. Before proceeding, any data you wish to keep must be moved to the C drive or copied to external storage. Any applications installed on the D drive must be uninstalled. Applications can be reinstalled once this process is complete. 

  1. Open Disk Manager
    1. Move the mouse to the lower left corner of desktop.
    1. Right-click and select Disk Manager in the dialog box.
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  1. Delete Partition D in Disk Manager
    Note: Make sure you back up all data you want to keep before performing this step.
    1. Right-click the volume such as a partition D, and then click Delete Volume.
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  • Click Yes to delete the volume.
Tips to Free Up Disk Space on Your PC
  1. Extend Partition C
    1. In Disk Manager, select partition C, then right-click.
    1. Click Extend Volume.
    1. In the Extend Volume Wizard, click Next.
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  • Keep the default settings in this screen. This will extend the C drive to the maximum available space (your numbers may be different than the screen shot below).
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  • The C drive has now been merged with the D drive to create more free space on C.

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