The continued use of the PC, the installation and running applications, as well as file storage generate the reduction of space on the hard drive. Therefore, it is convenient to know how to free up C drive storage space on Windows PC without programs. In this interesting tutorial we show you the steps to achieve it.
How to free up C drive storage space on Windows PC?
There are several ways to free up storage space on C drive on a Windows PC. In this regard, you can delete the temporary files or delete large files that you no longer use. Also, you can run storage sensor, delete unnecessary programs, delete cookies and disk cache.
Deleting temporary files
Temporary files are items that store data related to applications running on the operating system. These allow to improve the functioning of the system but it is occupying storage space on the hard drive. Over time, this can become a problem if we don’t free the disk.
For this reason, it is possible to free up disk space by deleting temporary files. To achieve this, press the ‘Win +R’ keys. In the dialog window type Temp and press ‘OK’. Select all the files, right click and press ‘Delete’. It is important to close all applications before access the temp folder.
Delete large files that are not used
Similarly, it is possible to free up space on your PC’s C drive by delete large files that are not used. To do this, go to system settings and select ‘System’. Click on the ‘Storage’ option and select ‘Show more categories’. There, locate the ‘Temporary files’ option.
Next, check the boxes related to ‘Windows Update Cleanup’ that they usually take up a lot of space and ‘System Error Memory Dump Files’. Also, you can clear Windows update log files, error reports and thumbnails.
Run storage sensor
Windows allows you to run Storage Sense to free up disk space. The storage sensor is a tool that is used to clean the hard drive automatically. However, you should know that this sensor can delete files that you may want to keep. Therefore, it makes forecasts before executing this function.
If you wish run storage sensor On your Windows 10 PC, open system settings and click ‘System’. Tap on ‘Storage’ and toggle the switch to enable the sensor. Click ‘Set up storage sensor or run it now’. Find the ‘Free up space now’ section and press ‘Clear now’.
Delete programs that are no longer used
In addition, it is possible to delete or uninstall Windows programs that are no longer used. To do it, access system settings and click ‘System’. Then, click on the ‘Storage’ option and on Local disk C: click on ‘Applications and features’ and immediately, you will see the list of programs and the space each one occupies.
Locate the program that you no longer use and click on it. Then, press the ‘Uninstall’ button and wait a few seconds while the system takes care of deleting it. This process removes all of the program’s installation files and thus free up space on C drive. Repeat this step for all other programs you no longer use.
Delete ‘Cookies’ and ‘cache’ from disk
It is recommended to delete the ‘Cookies’ and the ‘cache’ of the disk to free up space and optimize computer performance. To achieve this, type ‘Disk Cleanup’ (without quotes) in the Windows search bar and press ‘Open’. Select the C: drive and click the ‘OK’ button.
Next, it will display a list of files that can be deleted. This list includes temporary internet files or so-called ‘Cookies’. Also, you will find the cache of various applications, optimization files, the space occupied by thumbnails and other files. Check the box for cache and cookies and click ‘OK’.
How to delete files from my computer from ‘properties’?
You can even delete files from your computer from the ‘properties’ of the disk. To do this, open Windows Explorer and right-click on Local Disk C:. Then click on ‘Properties’ to access various options related to security, tools and previous versions.
Locate the ‘General’ tab and press the ‘Free up space’ button. Wait a few seconds for the system to collect all the information it will show in ‘Disk Cleanup’. Check the boxes of those files that you consider unnecessary and press the ‘OK’ button. Finally, click on ‘Delete files’.