How do I free up disk space?


To run smoothly, all operating systems require a bit of free space on the hard disk – this is in addition to what is used for installation. For example, the Windows XP or Windows Vista operating systems shall inform you repeatedly when the threshold for minimal space requirement is about to be reached.

If you are facing such a problem I can offer some quick and easy instructions to free up disk space on your computer. In fact, basic housekeeping functions such as deleting unwanted files will recover plenty of hard disk space.

Depending on how your computer has been configured, there could be one or more drives on the hard disk. On Windows based computers, the operating system is typically installed on the C drive. It’s usually suggested that this drive is reserved for the operating system and data be stored on another.

However, it’s fine if you have just the C drive and no other because as long as you have segregated other data (documents, music, video,...

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Low Disk Space
How to free up hard drive space on your Laptop or PC

How do I free up disk space on my laptop. My hard drive is nearly out of free space. I keep getting a low disk space warning. This article is just the ticket for those of you who love your laptop or anyone who wants to free up space on their hard drive. It’s still not uncommon to find laptop computers that are only a few years old but have a 20 to 40GB hard drive installed, so you will find a number of things to help reclaim some of that lost disk space. Even users with large hard drive can benefit by reducing your AV scan times.

Windows ‘Disk Cleanup’ Utility:
A basic tool that should be run periodically to free up space on your C: drive.
Description of the Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows XP:
Note: Always start out by choosing the less aggressive options.

Next take a look at CCleaner:

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Wait for Disk Cleanup to calculate how much space you'll be able to free. This process can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. In general, the more cluttered your disk, the longer it will take to scan. You should see a pop-up box: "Disk Cleanup is calculating how much space you will be able to free on Local Disc (C:). This may take a few minutes."


Select which files to delete. Highlight each option to see which files this category includes, and what exactly you will be deleting. Look at how much memory each file type takes up – if you only have a few kilobytes (KB) of temporary Internet files, deleting them will scarcely change your user experience. Decide whether or not deleting these files will impact your work. Feel free to select everything on the list if you're in dire need of space.


Remove your downloaded program files. This folder includes ActiveX controls and Java applets that download automatically when you...

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How do I free up disk space on my iMac? I only have 3 GB left free on my iMac's hard drive. What are my options for freeing up space on my hard drive. I am considering uploading photos and other files to thumb drives and other files. Is this a good idea? Or, do I need another application (e.g. Mac Clean) to clean up my hard drive? Any advice will be appreciated. - From Paul Claflin who wants to get more space on iMac.

Though it is possible for you to buy a Mac with a 750 GB hard disk, but Mac’s space will be filled up quickly if you have lots of media files such as movies, music and photos. Even a modest iTunes or iPhoto library can quickly fill up a MacBook Air’s 64GB or 128GB SSD, leaving little room for anything else. It is very terrible to have low space on Mac, and you’ll get crazy when your Mac runs slowly, but don’t worry, here we will show you six useful tips to increase available disk space on Mac.

Part one: Two things to do before cleaning up...

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This is an "updated for Windows 7" version of my popular original article Guide to Freeing up Disk Space under Windows Vista.

I've got a 256 gig C: drive, but noticed that in the last week or so I'd had only 20 gigs free. Not cool and it was getting tight. A few hours later, I have 91G free. Here's how.

Warranty: There is none. Please read carefully and with all things you find on a random blog, be careful because you have no one to blame but yourself. However, if you take a few minutes, read carefully and do even a few of these tips or just run Disk Cleanup, you'll get lots of space back.

Clean up after Windows 7 SP1 (Service Pack 1) - After you install Windows 7 SP1, it leaves around the original files so you can uninstall the Service Pack if you want. After a few months with the Service Pack, I've decided for myself that it's a good thing and decided I don't need the option. In Vista there was a command...
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ow do I check free disk space in Linux or UNIX operating system? I’ve migrated from Windows NT to Linux and looking forward to get more information about free disk space on a Unix-like systems using command line.

Both Linux and UNIX-like systems offers two commands for checking out free disk space:

(a) df command : Report file system disk space usage.

(b) du command : Estimate file space usage.

df command examples – to check free disk space

Type df -h or df -k to list free disk space:
$ df -h
$ df -k

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sdb1 20G 9.2G 9.6G 49% / varrun 393M 144k 393M 1% /var/run varlock 393M 0 393M 0% /var/lock procbususb 393M 123k 393M 1% /proc/bus/usb udev 393M 123k 393M 1% /dev devshm 393M 0 393M 0% /dev/shm lrm 393M 35M 359M 9% /lib/modules/2.6.20-15-generic/volatile /dev/sdb5 29G ...
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Many Mac users check the About This Mac Storage tab to get a quick overview of their disk space usage, and many will see a rather large “Other” storage space taking up disk capacity on their drives. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because iOS often has a rather large Other storage space, but that’s largely where the similarities end, and in OS X it’s much easier to track down exactly what “Other” is. This is basically because the Mac has a user accessible file system and system directories, where as those corresponding elements in iOS are largely hidden from the user.

Let’s take a moment to check the Storage space on any Mac, and then learn a bit more about the Other space in OS X, what it is, and how you could reduce the size of “Other” storage on a Mac if the computer is running low on available disk space.

Checking “Other” Storage in Mac OS X

If you’re curious to see how many files and items on a Mac drive are classified by OS X as...

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Clutter can be a big downer on productivity, whether it’s your workstation, your home, or your computer. Entropy is the reason why clutter builds up over time, and entropy takes many forms in the context of computers. Files get lost, programs go unused, and little by little various nooks and crannies in your computer are taken up by stray bits of data. Suddenly, your once spacious hard drive is packed with useless things and you have to clean it up. But how?

It’s not enough to delete things left and right. You need to find the big space hogs, identify which ones are worth deleting, and make sure you aren’t causing harm to your system in the process. Fortunately, there are a few methods you can use to maximize space cleaning on your Windows computer. Open up your technical toolbox and add these to your repertoire because they’ll come in handy every few months during your routine clean.

1. Analyze Disk Space

The first thing you want to do is analyze your disks...

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A full startup disk is something that every Mac user will experience. And luckily, it’s a problem that has many solutions. In this article, we’ll go over:

What is startup disk full? How to find what's causing startup disk full? How to fix startup disk full? How do I prevent startup disk full in the future?

However, we also understand that some people are short on time and just want to fix startup disk full. So, if you’re not really interested in what it is and why it happens, just skip the next two sections and head to “How to Clean Your Startup Disk”.

Or, even better, if you’d like an automatic, long-term solution that’ll keep your startup disk clean, we’d highly recommend a utility called CleanMyMac 3. It'll help you clean up gigabytes of disk space in just minutes (you can download it here).

Now, with all that said, let’s get into what exactly “startup disk full” means.

Understanding What “Your Startup Disk is Full” Means

What is...

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By Tom Nelson

Updated June 21, 2016.

Question: How Much Free Drive Space Do I Need?

What's the minimum amount of free drive space that I need? My Mac is starting to operate slowly, taking a long time to boot or to launch an application. It also seems unstable, sometimes giving me the rainbow cursor for very long periods of times, even locking up completely.

Do I need a bigger drive?


There are many different types of problems that can manifest the symptoms you describe. Insufficient RAM or even hardware failure could be the culprit. But one of the most common causes of the problems you describe is not having enough free space on a startup drive.

Filling your startup drive until it's almost full is fraught with issues. First, your Mac needs some free space to use for creating swap space to manage memory use. Even when you have adequate RAM, OS X or the newer macOS will reserve some space at startup for memory swap space. In...

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1. Reinstall the application which may bring Free Up Disk Space errors.

2. Update your windows to the latest version. Please watch the video below:

3. Download and install the latest drivers for your computer.

To update the drivers automatically, all you need to do is right-click Computer and choose Manage.

And then click Device Manage. Check carefully and see if there is a yellow exclamatory mark. Double click it and click update drivers.

4. visit

5. If the above 4 steps doesn't work, you had better do a system restore for your computer.

Win 10 Restore:

1. Right-click (or press and hold) the Start button, and then select Control Panel.
2. Search Control Panel for Recovery.
3. Select Recovery > Open System Restore > Next.
4. Choose the restore point related to the problematic app, driver, or update, and then select Next > Finish.


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Its a common problem when we face lower disk space problem in Windows and Windows notifies us about the lower disk space and we are forced to delete some useless files or to resize the partition to get some free disk space.

Today in this topic, we are going to share some simple and useful tips to get as much free disk space as we can.

Following are some easy ways to free up some disk space in Windows:

STEP 1: Using Disk Cleanup

First thing is to use Windows built-in "Disk Cleanup" application. You can right-click on a drive in My Computer and select "Properties" now click on "Disk Cleanup" button. Alternatively you can run "Disk Cleanup" directly from RUN dialog box by giving "cleanmgr.exe" command. You can also add "Disk Cleanup" option in drives context menu for quick and easy access as described in this tutorial.

Once you open Disk Cleanup program, select all given options such as "Downloaded Program Files", "Temporary Internet Files",...

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Hard disks inevitably fill up over time, and a higher capacity drive just means that you’ll find more ways to fill it. These days it’s possible to buy a MacBook Pro with a 750 GB hard disk, but even that can fill quickly if you have lots of media such as movies, music and photos. As an example, a typical 1 hour TV show downloaded in iTunes takes up around 1 GB, and so the entire 6 series of Lost takes up well over 100 Gigabytes on your hard disk.

Besides upgrading to a larger disk, the easiest way to free up some space is to remove and archive some of the stuff that you don’t really need.

How to Check Available Disk Space

To check how much space you are using for different categories such as audio, movies, photos and applications, select About This Mac from the Apple Menu, click the More Info button followed by the Storage tab. A summary of each category is shown, which may help you to decide how best to reclaim disk space.

About This Mac shows...

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Hard drives are getting larger and larger, but somehow they always seem to fill up. This is even more true if you’re using a solid-state drive (SSD), which offers much less hard drive space than traditional mechanical hard drives.

If you’re hurting for hard drive space, these tricks should help you free up space for important files and programs by removing the unimportant junk cluttering up your hard disk.

Free Up Disk Space the Easy Way with CleanMyPC

If you want to clean up your PC and free up disk space the easy way, CleanMyPC is a great tool to get the job done easily, and it will even keep your computer clean automatically.

Unlike the competition, it also includes great tools like a Clean Uninstaller, to get rid of applications and also clean up the junk that they leave behind. All with the click of a button.

Run Disk Cleanup

Windows includes a built-in tool that deletes temporary files and other unimportant data....

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It’s finally here! After pages and pages of comments from you requesting the ability to clean up the WinSxS directory and component store on Windows Server 2008 R2, an update is available.

As a refresher, the Windows Server 2008 R2 update is directly related to my previous blog post announcing a similar fix for Windows 7 client.

The Windows 7 version of this fix introduced an additional option to the Disk Cleanup wizard that would cleanup previous versions of Windows Update files. KB2852386 adds a Disk Cleanup option on Windows Server 2008 R2, similar to the Windows 7 update.

What does this mean for Windows Server 2008 R2? After installing this update and prior to being able to perform the cleanup, the Desktop Experience feature must be installed. Why you ask? Disk Cleanup is not installed by default on Windows Server 2008 R2. It is instead a component installed with the Desktop Experience feature.


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It’s 2016, shouldn’t we stop worrying about disk space? Nope, not at all! A modern MacBook might have a solid-state drive with just 64 GB of space. You’ll want as much space for your important data as you can get.

You can likely free up quite a bit of space by pruning away files and applications you don’t care about. Not everything here is obvious — did you know that each user account on a Mac has multiple Trash cans?

Clean Up Your Mac the Easy Way

If you don’t feel like spending a bunch of time to find and clean things up manually, you can use CleanMyMac 3 to get rid of temporary files, clean up extra language files, uninstall applications, get rid of extra files left behind by application uninstallations, find and get rid of big attachments stored in Mail, and a whole lot more.

It basically has all the features of the cleaning applications we talk about in this article, but in a single app — with the exception of finding duplicate files,...

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** If you're looking to free up disk space and reduce the size of the WinSxS directory on Windows Server 2008 R2, make sure to check out the following blog post on this topic**


A few months back, I wrote a post on how to reduce the size of the WinSxS directory and free up disk space on Windows Server 2012.

As a recap, the WinSxS directory is a large consumer of disk space on Windows Clients and Servers. Over time, the WinSxS directory steadily increases in size.

So why is this?

One cause of this is Windows Updates. To allow the ability to uninstall an update, all the previously installed versions of Windows Updates are kept in WinSxS directory even when they become superseded by an update released in future. This accounts for Windows updates taking a lot of space and it continues to grow significantly as more and more updates are installed.

So how do we cleanup the WinSxS directory? Well, with each service...

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We will move on to making files smaller in terms of file size. One of the common problems I hear about on AskLeo! are people who are attempting to mail photographs from one to another; share photographs via email and have the email bounce because the photographs themselves are so large. Their mail system happens to have some kind of a problem with the size of an email.

So, in this particular case, what we're going to do is take a look at a photograph and take a look at some of the different ways that a photograph can be manipulated in order to make it smaller; not necessarily in terms of its physical size, its visual size (although we'll look at that, too), but in terms of its actual file size.

So, this particular photograph (and I'm actually going to change the display here) you can see that this particular photograph that I took earlier this year - it's a jpg file; it's 4288 x 2848; that is the raw dimension, the full size, as it comes off of my...

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If you have Kaspersky Antivirus or Internet Security installed on your PC, then you will notice loss of disk space. This space is mostly acquired by the temporary files that are stored by Kaspersky. I freed about 1.3 GB of space from my PC by removing these temporary files, which were around 200+ each having a size of 5MB (Approx).

You can also free up your disk space, by following the simple steps below:

1. Open Kaspersky Settings > Options and disable the Self -Defense option.

2. Now Exit your Kaspersky product ( KAV or KIS ).

3. Enable “Show Hidden files and folders” option from the folder options.

4. Go to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Kaspersky Lab\AVP8

5. Open the “Data” folder where you will find many files named as av1A.tmp, av2A.tmp, etc. and other files and folder.

Properly select all the files having a .tmp extension and leave all other folders and files. Then delete all the...

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You may know that I have a Intel Solid State Drive with 80 Gigabytes of space as my primary hard drive.

Windows 7 is installed on that drive and the majority of applications that I use. I recently noticed that the drive had only 10 Gigabytes of free space remaining.

I was not aware of any "big" changes that I made, either by moving or copying data to the c: drive or by installing or updating applications or the operating system that would attribute for the discrepancy in space.

I decided to investigate and noticed that my User data folder was by far the largest folder on the system, with more than 22 Gigabytes of space that data in it occupied.

The Google Chrome web browser, to my surprise, occupied almost 3.5 Gigabytes of space on the drive, which seemed awfully lot. A closer investigation showed the following space distribution:

The Chrome folder that you see belongs to the Chrome dev version that I use on the system, the Chrome SxS...

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Based on the context of the original message, I'm guessing Patricia doesn't know what a partition is, or that this can even be done to hard drives (and she wouldn't be alone; I'd guess 99% of computer users who've never done any of their own computer work and have simply bought them and had someone else do all the drive and OS installations, etc., don't know about such things).

So we need to begin by explaining partitions, but I fear that by the time we get where we're going, if Patricia is like the average computer user, she may be either too scared or confused to go any further, and the advice to call the friend who installed the drive and have them take a look may be the best bet.

If not, Patricia, in essence, each "partition" of a hard drive is, as far as the computer's operating system is concerned, a SEPARATE HARD DRIVE. So you could have ONE big hard drive in your computer (and even now 2 TB is still a fairly substantial drive size), but when you look on...

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Resize and Expand Internal Partitions in One Step

I had an Ubuntu host with a qcow2 guest file image and wanted to resize the disk and expand the appropriate partitions all in one step. It requires you to set up the libvirt guest filesystem utilities, but those are useful to have around anyway.

Inspiration from here:

The key command here is: virt-resize

this is a libvirt utility it can expand a guest disk AND expand the partitions inside in one step it copies the disk, it doesn't expand it in-place this is good because you have the untouched original as a backup


* Install libvirt file system utilities package * sudo apt-get install libguestfs-tools * Test to see if it works (it won't) -- you need to see "===== TEST FINISHED OK =====" at the bottom: * sudo libguestfs-test-tool * If you don't see "===== TEST FINISHED OK =====" at the bottom then repair it: * sudo update-guestfs-appliance...
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Disk space matters a lot, if you are running short of disk space then its important that you should consider removing unnecessary files, programs, and features, so as to avoid consuming more space. Let me share some common ways to free up space in Windows 7 without using any third party tool.

Run Disk Clean Up

This is the first thing you should do to get plenty of disk space free, right click the drive, choose Properties and hit the Disk Cleanup button, you will free up a lot of space in this way, as windows removes lots of files which are stored in the temporary location. Are you a Firefox user? Try adding Clear Firefox Cache option in Disk Clean Utility.

Remove Unwanted Programs

Please have a look at your installed programs, you might find many in the list which are no longer needed or they don’t work according to your needs, remove such programs.

Disable Page File

The page file works in communication with the...

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