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8 Simple Hacks to Add More Space to Your Hard Drive

If your computer lags too much and you are facing performance issues consistently, it’s not just annoying but disturbing as well. Volumes of junk that include temporary files, cache files, and duplicate files might be the reason behind the slowdown.

No matter if you are using a Windows computer or a Mac, it will slow down over time, particularly when you are not paying attention to optimizing the device right from the beginning.

Upgrading the storage or adding more RAM can be a possible solution but involves investment as well. Most users are not ready to spend more on their computers, especially when they have purchased them recently.

The article explains potential ways to free up several gigabytes of storage on the hard drive, and many of these methods will not take more than a couple of minutes.

Analyze Your Computer

The first thing you should do before initiating any step is to analyze your computer’s storage. Cleaning up a few of the folders won’t make much difference to your hard drive. You need to focus on erasing the large files to claim huge space. 

Navigate to different locations on your computer to identify which file is consuming more space. If you can’t figure out your storage, you can download third-party software to make your task easier.

Empty Recycle Bin

The data you delete from the computer moves to the Recycle Bin (Windows) or Trash (macOS) folders. It remains there for a period of 30 days and deletes permanently after that. So deleting data doesn’t make any sense if you do not empty the Trash or Recycle Bin immediately to claim space on the storage media on your computer. Before deleting anything permanently from your computer, make sure you won’t need it anymore. 

Clear All Junk

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Removing duplicate and temporary files from your computer makes way for other important data. Your computer saves temporary files to make various tasks work faster. 

You can delete these files when they start to consume excessive space on the hard drive, but they will still come back as that’s how the system works. Deleting these files might not solve your problem as you need to repeat the process often.

Choose Different Drive

Mostly all of your data gets saved into a single drive (for example, C:), making it low on space. If you have multiple partitions in your disk storage system, you can choose to save your data on another drive. You can also choose the downloaded files to get saved into your preferred drive by navigating to the Settings. 

This way, it will not burden a single drive as the data is distributed in a balanced way. If the startup disk starts to overload with data, you can solve the problem by archiving files to an external drive.

Set Up Cloud Storage

Sometimes you do not need to view several files frequently but need to keep them with you as they are important. If these files are fairly large, you can’t afford to have them on your computer as they might be consuming too much storage. The best thing you can do is sync those files to Cloud. This way, the files will be saved and secured in the Cloud, and you can access them from anywhere. This will create plenty of free space on the hard drive.

Connect External Hard Drive

External Hard drives are portable, affordable, and convenient to use. If you are left with no other option to save your data securely, an external drive is a solution. These drives provide you 1 TB of storage which is more than what you need to store your entire data. But, keep in mind external hard drives can go corrupt at any time, similar to internal storage devices. So, it is always better to also keep an additional copy of your data saved in the Cloud.

Uninstall Unused Apps

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When you analyze your computer, you will find a number of unused apps that you might haven’t used even once. If you realize that you don’t need any of these apps in the future, deleting them is recommended to free up storage. Uninstalling unnecessary apps will save plenty of space and prevent system resources from being consumed. Don’t keep them unnecessarily on the computer. If you don’t need them, delete them right away.

Clean Browser Caches

If you are very active on the internet, it is important to stay safe when you are browsing the web. Your browser saves cache, settings, and history that helps you load the pages faster next time you visit them. Excessive cache files will slow the performance of your computer by consuming more space. So, it is always better to delete your browser’s history, cache, and settings at a regular time. 

Fry Electronics Team

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