My Hard Drive is Running Out of Space!

In response to Fascist-in-Chief Donald Trump’s recent proposal to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, somebody posted an image made from a Twitter status update from noted public advocate for science and astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

When I receive a call saying, “I need to clean my hard drive!”, I first check to make sure the user isn’t confusing memory with storage space. Also, realize that while your computer’s performance may be correlated with the amount of free space on your hard drive, lack of free space is not the cause of the performance problem.

Then start Computer Management under the Windows Administrative Tools folder. Here are 7 other ways to do the same thing. Then select Disk Management under Storage. This will display the amount of free space you have for each storage drive. The drive on which you keep your operating system and programs should generally have a cushion of space, maybe 5-10 GB free. Your other drives where you keep data can be filled without impacting your performance, provided the drives are maintained properly and not fragmented.

For Windows PCs, run Defragment & Optimize Drives.

This will also report on your drive’s health and, if necessary, defrag the drive. You can also use the Disk Cleanup tool.

The easiest solution, if you’ve been judicious about which files you add to your storage drives, is simply to buy more storage. If this is not possible, then you need to either delete files or move them to other storage devices. Begin with large video files or databases. Don’t begin with text files.

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