Windows 7: Five ways to free up Disk Space

More is always less so even if you have large diskspace at less prices, Disk Space is always a problem. Managing and saving space for making making optimized use of available hard disk space. We cover some 5 ways with which you can Regain your system speed that lets you get to know where your hard disk is occupied by unwanted files. These includes some simple manual tweaks without using 3rd party applications.

1. Run the Disk Cleanup tool

The easiest way to free up disk space in Windows 7 is to run the Disk Cleanup tool to remove different types of temporary files.
To run Disk Cleanup, run the following
-Open Windows Explorer and locate the disc.
-Click the disk with the right mouse button and select Properties.
-Click Disk Cleanup in the new window.
-Opens the tool from which you can choose which files to delete.

2. Uninstall unnecessary programs

One of the easiest ways to recover disk space is to uninstall the programs that are not used.
This solution is particularly useful in the case of laptops that are usually sold off many useless programs installed.
To see which programs are installed on your computer and remove them you must open the Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.

3. Turn off Windows features that are not used

Windows 7 by default installs several features but not all are necessary for all users, so if you do not need to remove them.
Examples of functionality that many users are using the Games and Internet Explorer 8.
To turn off features that are not used you must perform the following
-Open the Control Panel.
-Click Programs.
Click-Enable or disable Windows features

4. Disable the Security System

You can disable System Protection. Given that the restore points used to return your computer to a previous state consume disk space, some people may choose to turn the feature off.

If you decide to disable System Restore, you can do so using these steps:

  1. Right click My Computer and click Properties.
  2. From the System Properties window, click the System Protection tab.
  3. Select the drive for which you want to disable System Protection and click Configure.
  4. Click Turn off system protection.
  5. Click OK.

Disable Hibernate feature

Hibernation feature is enabled by default in Windows 7 and is found among the options when you click Shut Down.
When the feature is enabled on the disk file is created Hiberfil.sys that can use large so if you do not use this feature you can disable it.
To disable hibernation and must run the following command from a command prompt.

To disable Hibernate, Type the following command, and hit Enter:

powercfg /hibernate off

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Shahbaz - January 21, 2010

Some of these could be very handy. Thanks, Rohit.


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