Tuesday Tip: Clean Up Your Hard Drive in 5 Clicks
By Blaine Williams
Running out of disk space? Hard drives can get bogged down with unnecessary files and data that fill free space, causing the drive to reach capacity at a rapid rate. Luckily, Windows has a built-in cleanup tool that you might not know about. Windows Disk Cleanup utility will allow you to easily free up hard disk space in five simple clicks.
To do this, navigate to your search bar located in the bottom lefthand corner of any Windows PC.
After clicking in the search bar, type “disk cleanup,” and you will see a result queried that resembles a hard drive and a brush.
After clicking the disk cleanup icon, you will be presented with a screen listing possible files to clean up. The two you should make note of are Temporary Internet Files and Downloaded Program Files.
After clicking the “Clean up system files” button located at the bottom left of the disk cleanup window, you will receive a temporary loading pane, followed by a window identical to the one above – but now you will notice an “OK” button populated at the bottom.
After clicking the “OK” button, you will be prompted to confirm your deletion.
After clicking the “Delete Files” button, you have successfully cleaned up useless files that were consuming vital hard drive resources, as well as allocated additional space for new data to be written to your hard drive.
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