🛠️ 6 Ways To Free Up Space on Your SSD Drive

🛠️ 6 Ways To Free Up Space on Your SSD Drive


That's not something you ever want to hear, but it's also not something you want to say, especially if you own an SSD Drive. If you're anything like our resident forum member @Tyroul, you may have run into something like this before:

Chances are the SSD is either your only drive, or you're using it as your Boot Drive with your Operating System, with a secondary hard drive for storage (this is a smart but slightly more expensive move, though high capacity hard drives are much more affordable than they used to be). So what can we do?

1. Free Programs - WinDirStat

The first port of call is to find what is taking up so much space on your drive, and fortunately there are many programs to do this for you. WinDirStat would be my first port of call in this situation as it can graphically represent the space taken up on your drive and the top offenders, so they can be cleaned from the system.

You can download this program here: https://windirstat.net/

2. Windows Cleanup

Windows offers a built in tool to help gain some space on your drive, but particularly pay attention to the "Windows Update" files.

You can get to this area by searching for "cleanmgr"

3. CCleaner

As the name implies, the well known tool CCleaner or "Crap Cleaner" is a tool designed to remove all the temporary files from various programs in a click. It is still a recommended and highly used tool.

4. Move Rarely Accessed Files To The Cloud

Many services are now available with lots of space ready to store your files, with OneDrive (built-in to Windows 10) giving you 5GB of free space. Alternatives include DropBox, Google Drive and iCloud.

Be sure to have the files you add moved rather than synced so you're not keeping your local copies, and not downloading everything you currently have in your shared drive (DropBox is especially useful with its "Selective Sync", as shown in the picture above). If you have more than one hard drive available, set the synced folder to the larger capacity.

5. Uninstall Rarely Used Programs

Check your installed programs under "Programs and Features" and sort them by size to find what programs you have installed that are bloating out the blocks. Uninstall the one's you don't need, potentially in favour of "Portable Apps" which are packaged to be run from anywhere, so can be used on external storage on your second drive.

6. Zip up rarely accessed files

Zip files are often used to share a large amount of files, distributing through things like e-mail, but of course file compression is essential to saving space. Fortunately, zip managers can allow you to open files from inside the program (temporarily extracting), so you can zip an entire folder full of photos and still access them quickly. You can grab 7-zip for free at http://7-zip.org

Be sure to change the compression type to "Ultra" for maximum benefits, and to securely store them, add a password too.

Do you have any more tips to add to this? Let us know to help update this guide!
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