Clean up your hard drive

Imagine this. I sit at my desk – a fairly big one, covered with two screens and a printer with next to it the laptop I type this on. Then there is a wireless headset + a headset stand (far apart from one another) with a few bills and other stuff like comic books lying around. Oh, and there also are two mobile phones, a keyboard and a mouse (not wireless). Together with a second laptop and its docking station, a pack of gums, an empty glass, a second mouse (also wired), two books and the Unseen book my daughter made. There is also a desk lamp and three filing trays with a holder filled with writing material, a battery of one of the laptops and two external hard disks.

Cluttered, you say? Add a few cables and I tell you you’re correct. But you know what? As cluttered as my desk is, as clean is the hard disk of my computer.


Seeing my desk, I’m not going to tell you how to keep yours. But I can tell you how to maintain your computer and free up some much needed space on your hard disk.

Remove unused software

You know you do install software that, after a while, you no longer use. Let’s begin with that.

  1. Click on Start > Settings > Apps.
  2. Select the app you want to remove. You see how much space it saves in the right top corner.
  3. Removing a 16 Kb app will free less space than when you free one of 3 Gb, but many small ones make one large, too. Go through every app you find there and remove those you don’t want or need anymore.
  4. When you want to remove an app, click on Uninstall.
  5. Do that for every app you no longer used.

Clean your hard disk

You have a recycle bin you may not always empty. But there is other data you might want to remove because it simply clutters your hard disk. Most of the space to clean, is your C-disk.

  1. Open your Windows Explorer.
  2. In the left pane, select the C-drive.
  3. Right click on it and select Properties.
  4. Click on the tab General on Disk Cleanup.
  5. You can, remove the Temporary Internet Files, Recycle bin, Temporary Files and Thumbnails without any problem. Select these. You see how much space you save.
  6. But you can go one step further. Click Clean up system files.
  7. It takes a while to load, but a new window opens.
  8. Here you can remove installation files and older files that remain from the former update. Select Windows upgrade log files (if you select this, you can’t return to a former version of Windows. That’s no issue if the system works fine, though), System error memory dump files, Device driver packages (older drivers are removed, this means that if the present driver fails, there is nothing to return to – again, if there is no issue, this can be removed), Previous Windows installation(s).
  9. You see at the bottom how much space you free. After a Microsoft update, this may well run into the 30 Gb, so it’s worth doing this once in a while.
  10. Click OK.
  11. You are certain you want to remove this? Click Delete Files.
  12. The data is removed.

This way you have saved some space on your hard disk. There are more tips, so if you’re interested, we’re glad to provide more tips.

Have fun!

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