Reclaim Disk Space on your Windows 10 Computer?


It’s a problem all of us will face at some point— running short on disk space.

No matter how big disks get, the amount of data we accumulate seems to keep on growing.

Without free disk space, your computer will run slower than expected. This may also cause application updates and security fixes as there will not be enough space to download and install them.

There are, however, a few things you can quickly check to reclaim that valuable storage space.

Is the “Cloud” the solution?

It’s a misconception held by many that cloud-based storage doesn’t use local disk space. The fact is most services keep a copy of everything you have in the cloud-based storage account on the local hard drive to speed up access. The good news is, in most cases, you can change this behaviour.

Recover Hard Drive Space

If you use Microsoft OneDrive, you might find turning on “OneDrive On-Demand” will free up the required disk space.

If you are using DropBox, you might find turning on “DropBox Smart Sync” will free up the required disk space.

However, the downside of turning these on is that you will not be able to access your files without an internet connection.

Hard Disk Housekeeping

A screenshot of the Windows Disk Cleanup tool that helps recover Disk SpaceIt’s also worthwhile performing a little housekeeping. For example, if you are storing photos and video’s on your computer, this can take up a lot of space. 

Microsoft Windows also caches a lot of information. Web pages you visit Windows Updates and copies of driver updates, to name a few.  So it may also be worth running “Disk Cleanup“, which is built into Windows 10, which will clear these out.

It may also be worth considering the age of your computer and checking out our post on “How often you should replace your business computers?” and “What does your computer say about your business?

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