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.

Figure 1 - Clean Up Your Hard Drive in 5 Clicks | Network 1 Consulting

After clicking in the search bar, type “disk cleanup,” and you will see a result queried that resembles a hard drive and a brush.

Figure 2 - Clean Up Your Hard Drive in 5 Clicks | Network 1 Consulting

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.

Figure 3 - Clean Up Your Hard Drive in 5 Clicks | Network 1 Consulting

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 abovebut now you will notice an “OK” button populated at the bottom.

After clicking the “OK” button, you will be prompted to confirm your deletion.

Figure 4 - Clean Up Your Hard Drive in 5 Clicks | Network 1 Consulting

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. 

Happy cleaning!

Blaine Williams | Network 1 ConsultingBlaine Williams

Utilizing years of technical experience and exceptional communication skills, Blaine has made it his personal goal to ensure that all current and future clients receive the highest-level support possible.

bwilliams@network1consulting.com or 678.956.2535 

Network 1 Consulting is a 20-year-old IT Support company in Atlanta, GA. We become – or augment – the IT department for law firms and medical practices. Our IT experts can fix computers, but what our clients value most are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms. This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly. We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

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