Having enough storage space on your device be it a smartphone or a computer is a blessing. For many people, enough storage space is of great importance to them.
When they are aware that they have enough storage space on their PC, they can install various apps and games, download movies, save songs and store their files to any hard disks they want.
The process of storing files on your computer is so fast that most times the system skips using certain sectors of memory inside the computer. These sectors occupies an excess amount of space on the computer.
When the lost space is not optimized, you find yourself using a lot of space for no reason. As a result, you begin to think that your files have taken up all that empty space in your computer.
Well, in this post we will be discussing about two ways you can optimize and recover the wasted sectors of memory on windows which are
• Cleaning your computer disk that is fill with junk files (disk cleanup)
• Reassigning all the memory to its right sectors on your hard disk.
How To Clear Up Space On Your Computer
Let’s find out how you can go about these two ways.
The fasted and easiest way to clear up storage space on your computer is by cleaning the junk files. This method is easier than the second one. This method helps you recover some good amount of space and also helps to speed up your computer.
Basically, Junk files are the combination of various files stored in your computer which are installation files, Windows Update files, and temporary cache memories from browsers and system processes.
Once you’ve optimized and gotten rid of these junk files, your computer’s speed will increase and you get to have some storage space to store files. Let’s learn how to clean the junk files.
Place the mouse cursor on the Cortana search, type ‘Disk Cleanup’ and then run it. This cleanup tool by the Windows acts like the Android’s cache cleaning up. With the help of this tool, you can delete the files that are temporarily stored on your computer, especially the ones that are taking up a lot of space.
When the Disk Cleanup’ is opened, you will be asked to select the drive you want to target for cleaning. From the drop-down menu, you can select the drives you want to target. We would suggest you start with your primary hard disk partition first especially C and D hard drives.
Once you’ve selected the drive, you can view the amount of space you can clear up and which particular folders have taken up the most memory on your computer.
The next step entails you to select all the folders and then hit the ‘Ok’ button. This action will delete all your temporary saved files from your computer.
Similarly, you can also repeat the same steps for all the other drives.
The second quick method to clear up the memory space on your computer is defragmentation. Unlike the Disk Cleanup tool, the Disk Defragmenter does not delete the unnecessary files from your computer.
In fact, it works in a rather interesting way. It reassigns all the files to occupy the unutilized space of your computer. The sectors of memory which remain unutilized are also brought into use to store some files and make room for others.
The Disk Defragmenter can be easily compared to a bookshelf where several books are placed together but at different positions with irregular gaps. To make the bookshelf more organized, you will be required to fill the gaps by shifting the position of the books and making more room for the new books.
Defragmentation also works in the same way. By reassigning or shifting the large amounts of data to different drives, it creates more space for the new files, hence clearing up memory space on your computer.
It’s really simple to use the Disk Defragmenter. Open Cortana search bar and type ‘Disk Defragmenter.’ Before you begin the defragmentation process, you need to determine if your disk needs defragmenting or not. This will be determined by clicking on ‘Analyze disk’. Once all the disks are analyzed, you can begin the defragmenting.