How to better manage storage space.

If you are experiencing performance issues on your tablet, laptop, or smartphone, it is probably because you have low storage space remained on those devices.

When a storage issue happens, you will come across performance lag or freezing programmes. Then you need to do a thorough cleaning of the hard drives of your devices for maximising space. Here are the ways how you can free up hard drive space on your laptop and tablet:

1.) Uninstall Programmes/Apps that You Don’t Use
If there are apps that have been lying forever and you never use them, delete those and save space.

Follow the steps below:

  • Click the “Start” button on your laptop.

  • In the search field, type “Program.”

  • Choose “Programs and Features.”

  • On the next screen, and see which programmes are taking up maximum space.

  • Remove those programmes by selecting them and clicking “Uninstall.”

It is better to delete the files that you do not need anymore, including photos, videos, PDFs, and more. This way you can free up some space on the hard drive.

3.) Disk Cleanup
The processing speed of your computers to a large extent depends on your file management. Large files take up significant storage space.

Check which files are the largest by following the steps below:

  • Go to Windows File Explorer.

  • Select “My Computer.”

  • Right-click with your mouse, and go to “Manage.”

  • The “Computer Management” screen will come up.

  • Click “Storage” on the right section of the screen.

  • Click “Disk Management.”

  • On the next screen, you will see all the drives, their capacity, free space, and percentage of free space.

  • Now, go back to File Explorer and right click the drive that has the lowest space and go to “Properties.”

  • Click “Disk Cleanup,” and the system will take a few minutes to calculate the space.

  • On the next screen, you will see a list of files with checkboxes, including downloaded Program Files, Temporary Internet Files, Thumbnails, and more.

  • Click the checkboxes of temp files, Thumbnails, and Windows Error Files that are unnecessary.

  • Click “OK” and there will be a pop-up to confirm the action. Click “Delete Files.”

  • All the selected files will be deleted.

4.) Sort Large and Downloaded Files
After managing the c: drive, check other drives for large documents and downloaded files you do not use anymore.

Follow these steps:

  • Choose a drive (For example, D, F, or others)

  • Go to “Size” in the far right of the screen and click the dropdown.

  • You will see file sizes starting from Tiny, Small to Large, Huge, and Gigantic.

  • Click the checkboxes of Large, Huge, and Gigantic files.

  • After these large files will come up, check if you need them at all. If not, delete them.

  • It will free up a lot of space.

5.) Delete Temporary Files & Prefetch
Whenever you visit various websites, the cookies, text files, and images store in your “Temp” folder and in “Prefetch.”

To delete temporary files:

  • Press the Window + R buttons together.

  • The “Run” box will appear. Type “%temp%” and press enter.

  • The temp folder will come up.

  • Now, press Control + A to select all the files and then press “Delete.”

To delete “Prefetch” files:

  • Again, press Window + R buttons.

  • In the “Run” box, type “Prefetch.”

  • Press Control + A to select all the files and then press “Delete.”

Similar to your laptop, your smartphone can have storage issues too. The storage in your smartphone saves different apps, images, videos, music files, and other documents.
More Android phones usually come with 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, or more internal storage. Mostly the media files such as photos and videos take up the most space.

Check your phone’s storage status to see how much storage space is used up:

  • Tap “Settings” on your phone.

  • Go to “Storage.”

The storage details will come up where you can see which programmes and files have taken up most space.

Tap Apps to check all the installed apps. Tap Pictures, Videos to check the file sizes of pictures and videos.

Delete the images and videos that you are not going to check again.

Android phones also have a “Files” or “File Management” app. In the “Files” folder there are sections, including “Images,” “Videos,” “Audio,” “Documents,” “Archives”, and more.

You can tap these sections one by one to see the files that are lying unused. Simply delete them.

You need to regularly free up space on the hard drive of your laptop/tablet, and from the smartphone storage as part of your maintenance schedule to avoid space issues.

Save your files on a cloud platform to save storage:

The arrival of cloud storage has solved the storage issue to a large extent.

You can regularly backup your important files on cloud storage. It will protect your files in case your computer’s hard drive crashes. You can do that for free using your Google Drive, which provides 15 GB of free space.

Remember to back up your files consistently, and transfer a set of files to our Google Drive.

You can choose the automated file backup option on your laptop or tablet to take weekly backups even if you forget. For more interesting articles like this one, check out our coming posts.