how do i free up disk space on drive C

January 17, 2016 at 12:10:57
Specs: Windows 64
My pc storage is about full. I checked what was using the most space and it was desktop. How do I clear my c drive. I'm a novice so please make your answers as simple as possible

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#1
January 17, 2016 at 13:49:18
"My pc storage is about full"
Could you let us have the figures please? If all else fails double click "This PC" then go to the C drive (which is almost certainly your main drive), right click it and give us the sizes showing. I'm just wondering if the almost full is just from some data drive. The more you can tell us the better because we obviously can't see what is in front of you.

It seems odd for the desktop to be the place where most stuff is. If that's right it should be right in front of you so you should be able to decide if there is anything you wish to remove or move onto some other form of storage.

Also go to "Control Panel > Programs and Features" to see if there are any programs you don't require any more.

Don't delete anything unless you know what it is.

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#2
January 17, 2016 at 13:57:25
Run disk cleanup to start with. Depending which version of windows you have - and windows 64 isn't what I mean (do you have windows 7, or 8x, or 10) depends on exactly how you go about it.

This is for Vista and windows-7

http://tinyurl.com/ooghshs

And this general guide may be sufficient for you to get started.

http://www.howtogeek.com/125923/7-w...

Once you have run Disk Cleanup, empty the recycle-bin and defragment the drive.

Ideally copy valuable files to external storage first; minimum is DVD, but ideally to an external hard drive (connected via usb), The latter are cheap enough these days - typically around £40-£60 $6-$100 from Amazon.

Develop the habit of regularly copying (and thus safeguarding valuable files) by copying to DVD - and even better also to an external hard drive...


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#3
January 17, 2016 at 14:11:55
In addition to the previously-mentioned techniques, there are also programs that will help free-up disk space. But realize, installing them can require more disk space (hopefully less than what you regain after running them---though some of them can be installed on flash-drive and ran "portable"--without occupying hard-drive space) :

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/do...

(get the "free version" of above and install only the cleaner, not anything else that may want to be added on---such as Google Chrome)

http://portableapps.com/apps/utilit...

http://portableapps.com/apps/utilit...

(the two above can be installed on flash)

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#4
January 17, 2016 at 14:52:30
Chipping in on T-R-A's suggestion re' ccleaner... Use the manual/custom installation option, not the proffered/default automatic. Using manual means you can check carefully for all those (so helpfully) pre checked boxes, and uncheck all of them - except the actual utility itself. Thus you avoid all manner unwanted add ins, much of which are a PIA to remove...

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#5
January 21, 2016 at 01:30:40
If there is any unallocated space, just extend your c drive with it. Here,
follow "how to solve low disk space on c drive in windows 10"- a simple guide.
http://www.disk-partition.com/windo...

Or you need do a cleanup of your disk, but before you do so, please make a backup, as data on c drive are important. Here, I recommend you AOMEI Backupper, a covenient and free software.

hope this can help u.


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#6
January 21, 2016 at 01:46:07
Certainly safeguard all critical data before tweaking or playing around with partitions; very wise prompt from xikimg. "Backup" software (windows utilty or third party) is ok, but I suggest it's as easy to simply copy data to DVD. Using simple copy (or save) functions One creates a readily accessible lbrary of one's data, which can be read on any computer. Using backup software may not allow this flexible access...?

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#7
January 26, 2016 at 12:08:50
If you recently upgraded to win 10, you might find a folder call windows_old, this could be where your old operating system files are kept just in case you want to go back to the old windows os.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#8
January 26, 2016 at 14:15:32
Yes, as per #7, you could find about 20G of space taken up by Win 10 upgrade if that applies.

The original poster has gone mighty quiet.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
January 27, 2016 at 12:47:39
It pisses me off when people don't get back to us.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#10
January 27, 2016 at 19:47:41
omg he said he is a "novice", and when he would get back here he might freak out and get confused as whom he should listen. lol.
As per my suggestion, cleanups can be done yourself, you dont need any third party apps. And you do NOT put everything on the desktop.
does your HDD has more than one drive?

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#11
January 27, 2016 at 23:34:30
The disk cleanup routine will not remove installed pests - i.e. malware etc. Hence the use of various (free, safe, and simple to use) utilities to do the job.

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