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How to Clean Up a C Drive on PC

If your computer is running slow and you are getting message your C Drive have low space.So don’t need to worry ,you are not alone which is facing this issue,You only need to immediately action for clean up your C Drive(the main hard drive) .there are many ways to Clean Up a C Drive for speed up your PC.In this article below mention ways to help you clean up your C Drive such as removing unnecessary files, transferring them to another drive or cloud storage, and uninstalling apps and software you no longer use.

Ways for Clean Up a C Drive on PC

1.Windows Disk Cleanup
2.Uninstall Programs
3.Temporary Files
4.Archive or delete files your nor longer using
5.Store data on External Storage or in the Cloud
6.Reduce the size of the WinSxS folder
7.Add more storage

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1.Windows Disk Cleanup

Windows comes a bunch of extraordinary ways to help keep your PC’s storage pleasant and clean. The issue is, not every person realizes where to search these functions, or what to find for.

Disk Cleanup is the first of these way which  allows you to delete data such as temporary files, which can amount to GB’s (gigabytes) of data over time.

To access the Disk Cleanup function:

  1. Go to your Computer window (Start -> Computer)
  2. Right-Click your hard-drive and select ‘Properties’
  3. Under the ‘General’ tab, click ‘Disk Cleanup’
  4. Windows will scan your drive and let you know how much space you can save by running Disk Cleanup
  5. Select the files that you wish to delete form the drive, and hit OK

 

Another function to mention here is ‘Clean up system files’. Using this function, you can remove older Windows restore points from your drive, leaving only the most recent one. If you wish to use this function, please ensure that your computer is running as expected, as once the restore points are removed, you will not be able to fall back to them.

To use ‘Clean up system files’:

  1. Click Clean up system files
  2. Go to the ‘More Options tab’ in the Disk Cleanup window
  3. Click ‘Clean up…’ under the ‘System Restore and Shadow Copies’ heading
 

2. Uninstall Programs

For many computer users, most of the disk space used is by applications and games. If you find that you no longer use certain programs, you can uninstall and remove them from your hard drive.

Again, Windows provides the ability to easily get rid of any unwanted programs that we may have on our computer. To uninstall/remove programs, follow the steps below:

  1. Start -> Control Panel -> Uninstall a program
  2. Sort the list of programs by file size by clicking the ‘Size header’. Now you can see which programs take up the most space on your computer.
  3. Click any program that you wish to remove, and click ‘Uninstall’

3.Temporary Files

We just removed temporary files using Windows Disk Cleanup”, Now we deleted temporary files containing webpages, stored on your hard drive for quick viewing.Disk Cleanup method did not include files saved by external apps such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. There may still be gigabytes worth of cookies, internet history and caches stored on your computer.

You can delete this information directly from your browser, or by using a third-party application.

For example, using Google Chrome, you can open the settings menu (the 3 dots next to the address bar) -> More tools -> Clear Browsing data… From here you can select which data you wish to remove, then click ‘Clear browsing data’.

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4.Archive or delete files your nor longer using

If you have photos, music, videos, or other files that you want to keep but don’t necessarily want on your PC, consider saving them to removable media, such as an external drive, USB drive, DVD, or cloud storage. You’ll still be able to view those files as long as your PC is connected to the removable media or cloud storage, but they won’t take up space on your PC.
  1. Open This PC by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering This PC in the search box, and then tapping or clicking This PC.
  2. In the Search This PC box in the upper-right, enter size:huge.
  3. Select the View menu, select Sort by, and then select Size. The largest files display at the top.
  4. Once you locate a file you want to delete, press and hold or right-click the file and then select Delete.

5.Store data on External Storage or in the Cloud

All previous methods in this list describe how to delete or remove files from your computer which you may not need. However, what of the files which you wish to keep, such as precious photos, video and music? These media types can accumulate to some serious storage space, but if you no longer have space for them on your PC hard drive, you still have options!

A common method for keeping data safe is to transfer it to external storage. There are 2 platforms for storing your data elsewhere from your main computer: physical storage and cloud storage.

Physical storage comes in many different shapes and sizes, but can most commonly be seen as USB Drives or external hard drives. Transferring data from your PC hard drive to an external hard drive allows you to delete the original files on your PC, while still keeping them safe in storage. Needless to say, this clear a huge chunk of storage space on your PC.

Cloud Storage allows you to store your files on remote servers, and access them via the internet. There are many different cloud service providers: Apple iCloud and Microsoft OneDrive are only two examples. Most providers offer a certain amount of storage space free, and then give the option to pay monthly for more storage space if you should need it.

6.Reduce the size of the WinSxS folder

The WinSxS folder is located in the Windows folder on your PC (for example, C:\Windows\WinSxS). It stores the Windows Component Store files, which are used to support functions needed to customize and update Windows. You can use the Task Scheduler to reduce the size of this folder.
  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. (If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)
  2. Enter Control Panel in the search box, and then select Control Panel.
  3. Select System and Security, and then select Schedule tasks under Administrative Tools.
  4. Select the arrow next to Task Scheduler Library, select Microsoft, select Windows, and then select Servicing.
  5. Select StartComponentCleanup, and then select Run under Selected item.
Warning

Deleting files from the WinSxS folder or deleting the entire WinSxS folder might severely damage your system and make it impossible to restart or update your PC.

  7.Add more storage 

A longer-term strategy for expanding your PC’s storage capacity is to add removable storage, including SD cards, USB flash drives, DVDs or CDs, or using cloud storage or network drives. Removable storage options:
  • Secure Digital (SD) cards. There are few different types of cards, including SD (32.0×24 mm), miniSD (21.5×20 mm), and microSD (15.0×11 mm). It’s important to check with your PC manufacturer to understand which types of SD cards options are available on your PC.
  • USB and external drives. Most PCs include one or more USB ports that you can plug a USB flash or external drives into. Some newer PCs include a USB 3.0 port, which includes faster transfer speeds of up to 10 times USB 2.0. While you can use a USB 2.0 flash drive in a USB 3.0 port (at USB transfer speeds), you can’t use a USB 3.0 flash drive with a USB 2.0 port. Check with your PC manufacturer to understand which USB ports your PC supports.
  • DVDs and CDs. If your PC has a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray Disc drive that can read and write to a blank disc, you can use the drive to store data, much like an SD or USB flash drive. Here’s how: When you insert a blank disc into the PC, choose Like a USB flash drive from the list of options.
  • Cloud storage using OneDrive. Windows comes with the OneDrive app, which helps you get to your free OneDrive storage in the cloud, sometimes referred to as online storage. You can save files to OneDrive and work with them in several different ways: on the website (OneDrive.com), with the app for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, with the desktop apps for a PC or Mac, and with apps for your mobile devices.
  • To see how much storage is available, and add more storage, swipe in from the right edge of the screen (or, if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen), select Settings, select Change PC settings, and then select OneDrive. You can also go to Manage storage on the OneDrive website.

 

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