How do I free up hard drive space to speed up my PC?

1. Check Your Disk Space: The first step in freeing up disk space is to find out what is taking up the most space on your hard drive. Open Windows Explorer and right-click on your main hard drive (usually the C: drive). Select “Properties” and check the pie chart under the General tab to see how much space each type of file is taking up. This will allow you to identify what types of files are eating up the most space.

2. Uninstall Unused Programs: Uninstalling any programs that you don’t use or need can free up a lot of disk space. To uninstall a program, open the Control Panel, select the “Programs” category and then click “Uninstall a Program”. Select the program you want to uninstall and follow the prompts to remove it from your system.

3. Delete Large Files: Large files like videos, photos, music, and backups take up a lot of space. To identify which files are the largest, sort the files by size in Windows Explorer. Select any files that you don’t need or want and delete them.

4. Clear Your Recycle Bin: When you delete a file, it moves to the Recycle Bin. You may not realize it, but those deleted files are still taking up space on your hard drive. To free up that space, open the Recycle Bin and permanently delete the files by selecting “Empty Recycle Bin” from the File menu.

5. Compress Large Files: Some large files may be necessary, but they still take up a lot of space. To reduce their size, you can compress them. Right-click the file in Windows Explorer and select “Send To: Compressed (zipped) Folder” to create a compressed version of the file. This will reduce its size without affecting the contents of the file.

6. Delete Temporary Files: Windows creates temporary files when installing and running programs. These files can also take up a lot of space, so they should be cleaned out on a regular basis. To do this, open the Run dialog box (Windows + R) and type %temp%. This will open a folder with all the temporary files. Select all of the files and delete them.

7. Use Disk Cleanup: Disk Cleanup is a built-in tool for Windows that can help you free up disk space. To access it, open the Start menu and type in “Disk Cleanup”. Select the drive you want to clean up and Disk Cleanup will scan it and show you a list of files you can delete. Select the files you want to delete and click “OK”.

8. Use Storage Sense: Windows 10 includes a feature called Storage Sense that can automatically delete temporary files and other unnecessary files to help you free up disk space. To enable it, open the Settings app, select the “System” category and then click “Storage”. Under the Storage Sense section, turn on the toggle switch and then click “Clean Now” to have it delete unnecessary files.