One fine day, you try to download an important project file shared by your colleague for today’s meeting, and your computer suddenly pops up with a frightening error that you’re running low on storage. There is not much storage for downloading new files, or installing new applications onto your machine without deleting some of your existing files. A situation like this can happen too quickly, sometimes without you even realizing it. Don’t panic. There are several workarounds that can help you get off from a situation like this, and reclaim your lost storage.
Windows 10 has a great feature that provides you with a glimpse of available storage space and the kind of files that eat up your storage. It classifies your files into different categories such as Apps & features, temporary files, mail, others. It helps you identify which items to keep and which ones to delete.
To automatically get rid of temporary files on your system, turn on the Storage Sense feature. To do so, just move the Storage Sense option to the right (ON).
Duplicate files can take significantly higher storage and cause disorganization. Your regular activities such as file transfer, file downloads, lead to the creation of duplicate copies.
By default, Windows 10 automatically downloads cumulative updates as soon as they are available. These updates can be important as they contain performance improvements, bug fixes, patches and enhancements. However, you may not need the downloaded files after your updates are successfully installed. By deleting these files, you can free up your storage and reuse the lost space for some productive purpose.
Important: Before proceeding, please check whether Windows Update is running in the background. Deleting update installation files before they could be completely installed, will cause Windows Update to stop functioning correctly and make your system unstable. If the Windows Update is already running, you may find its icon in the system tray icon on your Taskbar with a small tooltip that tells your computer needs to be restarted to install the downloaded updates. Another alternative method is to open the Start > Settings. Click on the Update & Security tab and check the last activity and the current status of the updates.
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You can also save files on the cloud to reclaim your HDD/ SSD storage. Cloud technology offers immense benefits. Not only will you save your precious storage, but your files will also be accessible from any device regardless of the operating system. Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, Box are some of the prominent cloud storage service providers worldwide. These cloud service companies provide standalone desktop applications that automatically synchronize your files online so that you don’t need to manually upload them online.