Quick Tips

10 Ways To Free Up Disk Space Quickly

If your pc is running low on disk space, you will experience all kinds of "weird" issues.  Systems can hang or freeze.  Programs can close out unexpectedly and other unexplained issues will arrive more often.  Sometimes it might seem like your pc has a virus or other malware.  When in a pinch and you don't know how to free up disk space quickly, here are ten tips on how to do just that.

  1. Remove the system pagefile if you have enough RAM
  2. Remove the hibernation mode
  3. Empty your Recycle Bin
  4. Run Disk Cleanup
  5. Uninstall applications, starting with the largest app first
  6. Move large media files to external drives
  7. Delete large files you no longer need
  8. Delete Application install files you no longer need
  9. Uninstall large applications and reinstall in another drive or partition
  10. Empty your browser cache
The above list should help you quickly remove large files so you can get a stable system back ASAP.  I'll go into details on how to do some of the above in future posts.

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Jen said...

Thanks! This is very helpful as I have this problem every time I upload new photos or music. I'm trying to be frugal and hold out on buying a more up to date laptop.

Derek said...

If you are looking for help freeing up disk space, WinDirStat is a GREAT tool. It scans your drives and provides a visual representation so you can see where all your space is going.

FrugalNYC said...

Hi Jen,

Glad you find the list helpful. I've been doing some cleaning up of my own and helping others do the same. It always helps to have a list handy and just check it off :)

FrugalNYC said...

Hi Derek,

WinDirStat is a great tool. I use it myself and have given it to friends and recommend it to clients. There are other similar clients as well. I'll be covering some of these tools in a later post. Thanks for dropping by and mentioning this great tool

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