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How To Free Disk Space On Your Windows Drive

Are you going through the same problem that many of us faces every now and then?  The usual problem of filling up of disk space especially in the drive where windows is placed. Ever wondered why it happens and how to free up your drive? You don’t have to worry about anything because we will show you how to free up your drive with and without a software utility, so that you can have total control of what you are deleting and what are those files actually doing in your hard drive.

It is generally considered that whatever drive your windows is installed in you should try to keep it as free as possible, that really helps boosting your PC performance, So here are some steps to free up your Windows drive.

How To Free Up Space Without Any Software

There are some files that take up some temporary space in your hard drive for either installation purpose or maybe to store temporary information, you can freely delete them, look for some temporary junk here, feel free to delete the contents of these folders.

  • C:\Documents and Settings\your username\Local Settings\Temp
  • C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\Temp
  • C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temp
  • C:\Documents and Settings\Your Username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
  • C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
  • C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
  • C:\Documents and Settings\your username\Local Settings\History
  • C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Local Settings\History
  • C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\History
  • The question arises is it safe to delete the content of these folders? And why are we deleting it? TEMP folder generally place temporary files used in installation of different softwares that you install, Temporary Internet Files store files that you visit during your browsing, and HISTORY folder keeps the track of addresses of the websites which you visited while browsing, So the answer is Yes, its safe to delete the contents of this folder, because this junk should have been cleared by Windows itself.


    Pagefile.sys is a paging file that lets you use a part of your hard drive as RAM (random access memory), this helps when you don’t have sufficient RAM onboard, In Windows Vista you can use a compatible USB drive as RAM, but Windows Xp uses only paging file. If your Paging file is stored in the same drive in which your Windows is, try changing the destination of this file by following this path, Control Panel | System | Advanced tab | Performance | Settings | Advanced tab | UnderVirtual Memory, click Change.


    Since my Windows was installed on C:\ drive, therefore I changed location of paging file by clicking C:\ drive, setting it to No paging file option and clicking SET, and then hit the D:\ drive custom set it to min 600 and max 900 and then click SET, after this procedure its necessary to restart your PC.


    Hiberfil.sys is another file that takes up most of the disk space, most people either don’t use it or don’t know about it. Hiberfil.sys is a file that is made by OS when you make your PC in hibernation state (this feature is mostly used in Laptops). This option can be disabled if you don’t use this feature, Go to Control panel | Powertab | Hibernate.


    i386 Folder

    This folder C:\i386 is created when we install windows on any machine, if its not deleted by windows after its installation, you can freely delete this folder. The thing to remember is that here we are talking about the folder C:\i386, and not about C:\Windows\ServicePackFiles\I386.

    How To Free Up Disk Space With A Software Utility

    The software we are using to freeing up our Drive is Ccleaner, this utility is a freeware and by far the most simple and easy to use utility for this purpose, you can get this software from here. First you’ll have to install this software on any specific drive.

    After installation just launch the software, and here the actual cleanup will begin.


    As shown in the above pic, there is a utility pane at the left side, you can choose what to delete and what not to.

    In Internet Explorer pane, its safe to select all the options, this would clear up some space and would help in securing your PC for more privacy.

    In Windows Explorer pane, it deletes the recent documents modified and tracks of it.

    In System pane, it deletes the temporary files and folders and recycle bin which should always be selected for clearing up some space.

    In Advanced tab, you should be particular about what to choose and what not to, if you have no idea what to do, you can leave it all unchecked.


    When you’re done with the selection hit the Analyze button, and then Run cleaner, this would clean the junk and obsolete files as well as protect your privacy.

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