While storage space on recent devices is getting larger and more potent with each new edition, we also tend to prepare with a lot of data to be stored on it. This data includes a lot of documents, files & folders, pictures, videos, music files, system files and much more. All this data accumulates on your system over time and start creating speed and performance related issues. Though Windows 10 system is considered to be a most effective operating system in present times, despite that it is not immune to system related problems. One such problem is “low disk space” which occurs due to over occupied disk space on your system.
There are certain ways available to deal with this problem let’s discuss some of them here.
Delete unnecessary files:
To remove unnecessary files on your system press Windows key + I shortcut to open Settings. Now go to System > Storage > and select drive which you want to clean. Windows 10 categorizes the content based on default folders (like Documents, Pictures, Music etc.), click on the item name to get more information. Click the view button to open the folder and delete the files you don’t want.
Go back to Storage Usage and click on Temporary files option to see temporary files, downloads folder, Recycle bin and other folders. Click on the folder to view and delete the unnecessary content from there. You can also click on Other option to view and delete other uncategorized files and folders.
Delete File History Versions:
When you configure File History option to keep your personal files constantly backed up, it may create storage space troubles for you. File History basic settings creates copies of your files very often which ultimately occupy a lot of disk space. To change the File History settings and to remove older versions of files and folders follow these steps.
Press Windows key + X, to open the Power User menu and select Control panel. Go to File History > Advanced Settings > Versions. Now change the default options by going to drop down menu and change the settings for “Save copies of files” and “Keep saved versions” to the larger time duration.
You can also go to “Clean up versions” to choose the file versions you want to remove from the drop down menu. Click on “Clean Up” and “Save changes” button to complete the process.
Uninstall Apps you don’t want:
To do this press Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings. Now go to System > Apps & features and select the app/apps you don’t need and click the Uninstall button and confirm it.
Delete Previous Installations of Windows:
To do this press Widows key + E keyboard shortcut to open File Explorer and select This PC (drive which contains system files) from the left pane. Under Devices and drives, right-click on the drive with the Windows 10 installation and select Properties. Now select “Disk Cleanup” and then “Clean up system files” button. Select the Previous Windows Installation (s) option to remove Windows.old folder. Click OK and then “Delete Files” on the pop-up dialog box to confirm the deletion.
Delete duplicate files:
Duplicate files in the form of duplicate images, audio and music files, videos, documents and other files accumulate on your device in large number over time. These files not only occupy precious disk space but they affect your system speed and performance as well. You can do the manual cleaning to delete all such duplicate files or you can use duplicate file finder for Windows for instant and accurate results.
You can follow these simple steps to recover some precious disk space on your system to get rid of low disk space problem. Above all, you can improve system speed and performance significantly.