Hard drive free space
The importance of free space
A lack of free space on your computer's hard disk drive may
- Your computer will slow down
- You risk not being able to save files
- Your operating system may not work adequately
Checking hard disk space
Check your the space on your hard disk drive by"
- Double click on the "My Computer" icon on your
- Right-click on C Drive (your hard disk presumably)
- In the right-click menu select "Properties"
- This will give you a graphic such as on the right.
If your computer falls below 10Gb then you should take notice.
At 10Gb you do not yet have a problem however you could quite
easily fall to critically low levels of space if you install
Once you reach 5Gb then you really do need
to start conserving space or freeing up space as per strategies
If you have reached 2Gb of space then your computer will
probably exhibit a tendency to slow or take too long doing
things. You must definitely take action and free up space.
Strategies for freeing up space on your computer's hard
There are many strategies.
- Empty the Recycle Bin
- Use ScanDisk to check for errors that may be using up
disk space without any benefit to you.
- Find and delete temporary files (files with an extension
of TMP i.e. *.tmp)
- Delete your temporary internet files (go to Tools on
Internet Explorer browser, and then click on Internet
Options). You will see "Temporary Internet Files
and a Delete button".
- Uninstall programs that you don't need (i.e. games) by
going to Add/Remove Programs in your Control Panel)
- Back up unneeded files and remove them from your hard
- Remove Windows components that you don't use (see Add/Remove
Programs in your Control Panel)
- Create more disk space by using DriveSpace disk compression