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10 Ways to free up hard drive space on Windows

10 Ways to free up hard drive space on Windows lists ten methods to analyze and clear used hard drive space on Windows computer systems.

While you might say that such a guide is no longer necessary, as we are in the age of the Terabyte hard drive, I respectfully have to disagree.

First, older computers running Windows may not use a Terabyte drive as the main hard drive of the system. Second, Solid State Drives, while slowly picking up pace in regards to storage, are mostly used as 512 Gigabyte or less drives. In some cases, computers may have a 120 Gigabyte SSD or even less than that as the main system drive.

If you check out Microsoft's newest Surface device, the Surface Pro 4, you will notice that two models come with 128 Gigabyte of storage only.

Last but not least, even if your computer has plenty of space, you may want to free up drive space anyway as most of it is dead weight.

10 Ways to free up hard drive space on Windows

The following ten methods may be used in conjunction with each other, or individually.

Analyze disk space

analyze disk space

The very first thing you may want to do is analyze the disk space. This gives you a pretty good picture of the biggest offenders space-wise.

I like to use WizTree for that but there are plenty of alternatives such as TreeSize Free, the Disk Analyzer of CCleaner, or Xinorbis.

WizTree offers two view modes that are both useful. Tree View displays a tree hierarchy of folders and files sorted from largest to smallest. File View on the other hand puts the focus on files only. Both are useful in determining which folders and files use a lot of space.

You may want to jump to the methods below that are most lucrative when it comes to freeing up disk space. If you spot a 16 Gigabyte Page File for instance, you may want to start there by reducing it.

Previous Windows installations / Updates Cleanup

disk cleanup windows 10

When you upgrade Windows to a new version, a copy of the old version is kept for a period of time. This is done to give you the option to restore the old version should you run into issues or are dissatisfied with the new version of Windows. This copy may take up more than ten Gigabyte of storage space.

It is a bit different for updates. When you install updates, old updates or files may become useless as they are replaced by new files.

Windows keeps these around as well and does not remove them. Updates cleanup refers to removing outdated update files that are no longer required.

Note: if you remove old Windows installation files or old updates, you have no option to go back anymore. It is suggested to use the operating system for a time before running these clean up operations.

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type Disk Cleanup and hit enter.
  2. Confirm the UAC prompt that is displayed.
  3. Select the main drive (c usually), and click ok. This comes up only if more than one drive letter is used by storage devices.
  4. Click on "clean up system files" when the Disk Cleanup window pops up.
  5. Select the main drive again, and click ok.

Each entry is listed with the disk space it occupies currently. While you may check them all, it is suggested to only check the items that you know you don't need anymore.

Select "previous Windows installation(s)" to clear up old Windows installation files, and "Windows Update Cleanup" to remove old files that are no longer required.

You may also want to consider removing log files, system dumps, and temporary files.

Patch Cleaner is a third-party program that you may use to remove old updates no longer needed.

Pagefile

pagefile

The Pagefile, located at x:\pagefile.sys where x is the drive letter, may appear like a relic of the past to you, especially if you have plenty of memory installed. It is used for caching, and using a fixed or dynamic amount of disk space for that.

It may be quite large, 8 or more Gigabytes by default which usually is not required.

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-Pause to open the System Control Panel applet.
  2. Select Advanced System Settings when it opens.
  3. Click on the settings button under Performance when the System Properties window opens.
  4. Switch to the advanced tab and click on the change button under Virtual Memory.

This displays all hard drives connected to the PC and the paging file size for each drive. You may change the paging file size by selecting a drive, switching to custom size, and adding initial size and maximum size values. You may also consider disabling the page file for secondary hard drives as well.

As an example: on a computer with 16 Gigabytes of RAM, I set the pagefile size on drive c to 2 Gigabyte, and disabled it on all other drives. This worked well and I did not notice any issues using the computer this way. The initial pagefile size was 8 Gigabyte on the computer, which means that I regained 6 Gigabytes of disk space.

Hibernate

disable hibernation

Hibernate is a power state in which everything that is open at the time is saved to disk. The idea is to load the content again from disk when the PC is fired up the next time so that you can resume exactly where you left.

The data is saved to the file hiberfil.sys. Obviously, it makes little sense for you to disable Hibernation if you make use of the feature. If you don't however, you will free up Gigabytes of disk space by disabling the feature.

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down the Ctrl-key and Shift-key, and hit enter.
  2. Confirm the UAC prompt that appears.
  3. This opens an elevated command prompt.
  4. To disable Hibernate, run the command powercfg.exe -h off.
  5. To turn it on again, run the command powercfg.exe -h on.

The hiberfil.sys file is removed from the system as soon as you disable Hibernation.

System Restore

system restore

System Restore is a backup feature of the Windows operating system that uses disk space to store system snapshots. These snapshots may be created automatically by Windows, for instance before updates are installed, or manually by the user.

Basically, what System Restore allows you to do is roll back the system to a recent state. System Restore may reserve quite a big of hard drive space for its functionality, and one option that you have to free up disk space is to reduce the reserved space.

This means fewer snapshots that System Restore maintains at any point in time though.

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-Pause to open the System Control Panel applet.
  2. Click on "System Protection".
  3. The window that opens lists all drives and their protection state. On indicates that System Restore is enabled for the drive, off that it is turned off.

Locate the main drive letter (usually c) and click on the configure button. This opens a new window with two main options: 1) turn system protection on or off and 2) change the maximum disk space usage of System Restore.

You may reduce System Restore's max usage a couple of percent. How much depends entirely on you and other backup strategies you may make use of.

I have set it to 2% on the main drive, and turned it off on all other drives.

Clear Temporary Files

clear temporary files

Programs and Windows may use temporary files. Web browsers use them to store website files locally to speed up future visits. Temporary files are never essential, but they may help speed things up and perform certain operations faster.

While it is certainly possible to clean temporary files manually, or through the settings in individual programs, it is often better to use specialized software for that.

You may use Windows' own Disk Cleanup -- referenced above -- for that to a degree, but third-party programs like CCleaner or PrivaZer do a better more thorough job when it comes to that.

CCleaner separates between Windows and Applications. Windows covers native programs and features such as Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge or Windows Explorer. All you have to do is select the areas that you want analyzed for disk space usage and temporary files.

Once done, hit the analyze button to check these locations and display the data they contain currently. You may then add or remove options or click on run cleaner to clear the temporary files.

Note: If you select cookies under browsers, you will be logged out of services you are signed in at the time. You may also lose access to your browsing history if you select to clear the history.

Tip: CCEhancer adds support for additional temporary file locations and programs to CCleaner.

Move Temporary Files / Downloads

move temp folders

Clearing temporary files is just a temporary solution to space issues you may experience. Programs and Windows continue to add temp files to the system as you use them.

While you may run temporary file cleaners regularly to keep the data use in check, you may also want to consider moving folders to another drive if available.

How that is done depends on the program you are using. Most web browsers for instance let you pick a download folder where all files get downloaded to. Some allow you to select temporary file locations as well, and the same is true for Windows.

To move temporary file locations in Windows, do the following:

  1. Use the Windows-Pause shortcut to open the System Control Panel applet.
  2. Select Advanced System Settings when the window opens.
  3. Select Environment Variables when the next window opens.
  4. Locate the user and system variables TEMP and TMP. Note that they point to a directory on the hard drive, by default C: \Windows\TEMP for system variables and AppData\Local\Temp for user variables.
  5. Double-click on a TEMP or TMP entry, and change the drive letter and path to the temporary files folder to another drive.

Check out these guides on how to change the IE and Edge download folder, or move the Firefox cache to another drive as examples on how to do that.

Uninstall Programs

uninstall programs

Programs, and especially games, may take up a whole lot of disk space. Modern games are Gigabyte-sized, and it is uncommon that games use thirty or more Gigabyte on the hard drive when installed.

One option to free up disk space is to remove programs and games that you don't require anymore.

While you may use Windows' native tools to remove programs, it may not be the best of ideas for two reasons. First, Windows runs only the uninstaller but no cleanup operations afterwards. Second, third-party tools may provide you with size information on top of that which may help you during the selection process.

Programs like Revo Uninstaller, or Geek Uninstaller offer that functionality. If you use Revo Uninstaller, switch to the details view mode after the program listing has been populated initially. Click on size then so sort the listing by file size.

Move files / programs

move programs games

You cannot uninstall programs if you still require them. Moving may be an option in this case then, provided that you have another hard drive available. Please note that you may need to take hard drive performance into account as well. If you move a game from a fast Solid State Drive to a low spinning 5400 rpm platter-based drive, you will notice longer loading times.

I have covered the process before, check out how to move large apps or games to another drive, for all the instructions you need.

The basic idea is the following one: you move the app or game to another drive, and use symbolic links to make them point from the new location to the old one.

All files are then accessible from the old and new location so that you don't lose any functionality.

Duplicate files

doublekiller duplicates

Duplicate files are another thing that you may want to look into. The gain depends largely on how the computer is used. If you like to download large bulk archives from the Internet for instance, or use different programs for the same purpose, thing file synchronization, then you may end up with duplicate files on the system that may take up a bit of disk space.

The best way to handle this is to use third-party programs to find duplicate files on the system. There are numerous programs that provide you with that functionality: CloneSpy, DoubleKiller or Duplicate Commander are just three.

The main difference between the programs may be the methods used to determine duplicates. Basic duplicate file finders compare file names and extensions only. More advanced programs may use hashes instead, or even use fuzzy logic to find nearly identical files (think a photo that is available in two different resolutions).

Resources

You may find the following resources useful. They may review programs that you may find useful, or provide additional information on certain clean up methods.

  1. Check if System Restore is enabled on Windows 10
  2. Free disk space by cleaning up the Steam folder
  3. How I freed up 12 Gigabytes of disk space on Windows 7
  4. Reduce the folder size of Thunderbird to free up disk space
  5. Remove old Chrome versions to save disk space

Now You: Have another tip? Let us know in the comments.

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    Comments

    1. RossN said on August 8, 2016 at 11:35 am
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      Yes, an SSD boot drive of even less! 40GB.
      • Don’t store much on the Desktop.
      • Store all videos, music, documents on your HDD instead.
      • Many programs have ‘portable’ versions which can be run from HDD.
      • Avoid setting up extra user profiles if possible.
      • Use something like Junction Link Magic to make Windows think a folder on the HDD is actually on C:
      • Set up a RAM Drive (if you can spare the RAM) for TEMP files and Firefox cache.

      1. Bob said on August 9, 2016 at 9:24 am
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        For the first two you could Just move the location of your user folders (desktop, videos, music, documents, etc) to your HDD and not lose any functionality.

      2. gerald brennan said on August 14, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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        All good things.
        I depart from your scheme this way — I put my Pics, Vids and Music on big HDD, but find that I can easily fit Docs on my modest SSD without strain. Thousands of docs take up few GB, and my work is lightning fast.

    2. archie said on August 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm
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      Windows sometimes stores duplicates or obsolete versions of drivers in the DriverStore folder, often adding up to GB’s worth of reclaimable space. I believe you reviewed RAPR (DriverStore Explorer) a dedicated utility that addresses this perfectly.
      I used it on a fairly recent W10 desktop and I found that with some caution, I was able to remove quite some junk without harming the system.
      Useful article, even today.

    3. Area51Resident said on August 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm
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      What’s your take on that?

      “Microsoft’s Gov Maharaj gently denounced CCleaner”

      http://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsofts-gov-maharaj-denounced-ccleaner-disagree-80369/

    4. Tony said on August 8, 2016 at 12:19 pm
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      Moving the user account to another drive can free up a lot of space. But there are so many caveats (including making the new drive part of the System Image), that not many people do it.

      Martin, perhaps you can write a quality tutorial on how to do it without all the typical caveats.

    5. important said on August 8, 2016 at 1:07 pm
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      the important thing here is you need to learn japanese to survive

    6. Pants said on August 8, 2016 at 1:13 pm
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      I don’t have space issues (using 48 of 558gb), but do this mainly for quick disaster mitigation. That, and I’m anal about things!. I have a dedicated OS C Drive with 4 installed programs (MS Office, Photoshop, AV, Firewall), and about 10 utilities/small programs (such as f.lux, classic shell, clover, ultramon, dropbox etc). Oh, a dirty big chunk of that data, almost 7Gb, is Skyrim with all the DLC :) . That’s all, it in almost 5 years on this PC. Note: no flash, no silverlight, no java. It’s pretty bare bones. SFA to update or maintain. There’s basically no user data or app data or roaming data or anything – certainly nothing worth backing up. Even my fonts are portable (NexusFont – I just load custom sets/categories when I need them, then unload them).

      All other software is portable, and lives on a secondary drive. All my personal data lives here as well – I did move two personal folders (my documents and my pictures) to my secondary drive, and these are the only two I use for a handful of items. All other data is also my secondary D Drive – eg ebooks, dropbox, wallpaper, application-installs/isos, custom download folder (which all browsers, rippers, tools etc point to etc), torrents (in progress and finished), portable software as mentioned and so on. D Drive also holds a regular clonezilla clone of C Drive. All media (movies/tv) is archived on externals. All music has its own dedicated internal 3TB drive E Drive and a duplicate backup external.

      I back up all my personal data regularly – basically everything on D Drive – docs, pics, installs/isos, portable software, wallpaper, ebooks (calibre libraries), etc. Everything.

      If E Drive died – I have an offline backup – just teracopy back.
      If D Drive died – I have a backups of everything offline – just teracopy back
      If C Drive died – I have a backup on d drive and an offline external – just clonezilla back

      C Drive could die tomorrow, and once I have a new HDD in my hands, I’d be up and running in 20 minutes like almost nothing happened.

      This is the quickest turnaround to rebuild after any unrecoverable disaster (ransomware, hdd failure etc) that I can think of (short of the whole machine being destroyed). It’s so much easier to FreeFileSync my personal stuff once a week, and do a clonezilla once every year, than try and build it all into one backup.

      It just so happens that this means C drive is always clean and empty and light (few installs, user data free, app data free, etc). I do use CCleaner – once a week might remove a few files (excluding temporary files) – most times I run it, it’s about 50mb! I don’t think my c drive really does anything in terms of collecting crap.

      Thanks! I’m Pants, and that was my story.

      1. Shirt said on August 9, 2016 at 2:58 pm
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        My PC runs Application, Utilities, and Fun Stuff.
        It has a 1-Tb HDD and a backup internal 1-Tb HDD.
        And a keyboard and a mouse.
        It does work and games and other really neat things.
        Oh, and it’s also connected to the Internet so I can talk with you guys.
        And I put my human on one arm at a time.

        Thanks! my name is Shirt, and that’s my story.

        1. Underwear said on June 26, 2017 at 10:01 am
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          Thanks man this realy helped!

      2. John Krazinski said on August 9, 2016 at 3:43 pm
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        I’m John.
        I have a 99 zetabytes HDD RAID1.
        My PC have 1000Tb Ram DDR9.
        All my USB ports are 5.0.
        I hired insurance on it.
        I do daily backups.
        Even if the world blows up I have backup on the moon. So I’m secured.

    7. Ann said on August 8, 2016 at 1:33 pm
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      For the First point my favourite is still windirstat. Why ? because you’ll get an unique overview of your diskspace, Showing you also the top document type , using the change or creation date.

    8. Dave said on August 8, 2016 at 1:59 pm
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      And of course, upgrade to Windows 10 (which is smaller than 8, which itself is smaller than 7)

    9. Dresandreal Sprinklehorn said on August 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm
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      I only have installed programs on 150 gig Drive C:\. Everything else is on 850 gig Drive D:\. This keeps it running like a racecar.

    10. GunGunGun said on August 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm
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      Wow, Are you learning Japanese ? Martin. Do you read Visual Novel ?

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 8, 2016 at 2:55 pm
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        Trying, but don’t have enough time unfortunately to start it seriously.

    11. Gabriel said on August 8, 2016 at 3:54 pm
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      Hi Martin.
      Do you think setting the Pagefile to an SSD is a good idea? Because of the potential wear.
      I have 16gb of ram so I think it barely uses the Pagefile but I still disabled it on my SSD and set it up on my mechanical drive instead.
      I’ve been reading up on this and haven’t gotten to a definitive conclusion
      What are your thoughts? If any.
      Thanks.

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm
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        I don’t think it is an issue on modern SSDs. On older ones, that is another story.

    12. Doc said on August 8, 2016 at 4:38 pm
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      Martin, I wouldn’t recommend disabling Hibernation on a Windows 8.x/10 system, as that also disables Fast Boot (which shuts down all user-space apps, then hibernates Windows for fast startup).

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 8, 2016 at 4:50 pm
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        Doc, all my PCs have a fast SSD as the main boot drive, and I don’t notice a huge difference between Fast Boot and normal boot. Fast Boot is faster, but since my boot is delayed anyway as I’m prompted to enter the code to decrypt the drives, it makes less of a difference in my situation.

    13. John Krazinski said on August 8, 2016 at 7:39 pm
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      Pants says: “I don’t have space issues (using 48 of 558gb)”

      Dude you are one bragging arrogant… Nobody wants to know the story of your life.

      Superb article Martin.
      Include this: https://windirstat.info/

      1. George P. Burdell said on August 8, 2016 at 8:25 pm
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        “Nobody wants to know the story of your life.”

        Not true. Pants is one interesting lady.

        1. John Krazinski said on August 8, 2016 at 11:30 pm
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          I bet he wears a Batman costume when nobody is looking.

        2. Tom Hawack said on August 9, 2016 at 11:34 am
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          I believe you are both mistaking. Pants, IMO, is a fine person with a strong character but not involved with his ego more than naturally but less than those who get irritated of one’s implication. To mention mine (ego & implication) I do dare to believe I have a good knowledge of psychology and archetypes.

          Personally I don’t find incompatibility between exposing one’s own experiences with the cold, formatted objectivity of omitting our relationship to the analyzed object. As long as they are clearly stated as such.

        3. John Krazinski said on August 9, 2016 at 3:35 pm
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          “Personally I don’t find incompatibility between exposing one’s own experiences with the cold, formatted objectivity of omitting our relationship to the analyzed object”

          Exactly my point. One thing is someone contribute with brief comments and/or aggregate the topic with some useful words. Another thing is to brag on how much better you are and how much powerful hardware you have, etc.

          This Pants have some trauma. Everything Martin posts, Pants have to brag or add some extra and unnecessary information just to keep record that he knows better than everyone here.

          Ok Pants we got it: you are the master pro++ advanced platinum expert ultra plus rich spoiled kid.
          Now if you don’t mind, don’t spoil the ambient here with your unnecessary comments.
          Why don’t you write a blog instead? howGoodIam_superGeek.blogspot.com with daily updates on your personal brag.
          This is not your blog, pants. Leave your personal details out please.

        4. Tom Hawack said on August 9, 2016 at 4:24 pm
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          @John Krazinski, perception itself is subjective. I’ve never felt Pants’ comments as those of “bragging”. I’ve even read comments where modesty is obvious. You know, this is personal of course, as long as someone doesn’t make his comment on the back of someone else (explicitly, “Hey! your stuff, argument is stupid, look at, read mine”) I don’t put on the account of bragging what can be put on the account of enthusiasm. It never bothered me to see/hear/read should it be “showing-off” but, I repeat, not when it’s by “devaluating” others; also, when the argumentation is valid it allows, IMO, a bit of pride, when not arrogant. Pants’ comments are never arrogant, anyway I don’t feel, perceive them that way. But this is of course personal.

          This said, Pants and I are not in love :) Just taking the opportunity to say my word on someone who brings quite a lot to the posts. I like the guy, you know what I mean. Well, I like what I perceive of him.

        5. John Krazinski said on August 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm
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          @Tom Hawack

          I won’t argue.
          I just had enough of his comments. He always have “something to add” that in the end it make no difference at all. The guy is a freak.
          You are in love with a freak. LOL

          In his post he wrote:
          “my” 11 times
          “have” 6 times

          Now explain to me: How does his story contributes to this topic at all?

        6. Tom Hawack said on August 9, 2016 at 5:43 pm
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          @John Krazinski, well you’ve stated your truth, and I’ve mentioned mine. No point in getting any further. Your irritation seems to me excessive. But I’ve, we have all experienced people or their comments which get on our nerves even if I’d avoid summarizing them with the word “freak” which is rude. Find a synonym :)

          Tomorrow is another day. Sometimes external problems hit us in such a way that the slightest annoyance becomes a drama on which we surf consciously or not. I’ve experienced that as well. Fortunately people around me (sometimes all by myself) brought me back to reality.

          Keep cool!

        7. John Krazinski said on August 9, 2016 at 6:05 pm
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          @Tom Hawack

          You are a clever dude! And humble too. I admired that!
          Cheers mate!

        8. Tom Hawack said on August 9, 2016 at 7:09 pm
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          This is an old story we used to laugh about many years back here in France, not sure the scenario unfolded elsewhere …

          Students, faculty of psychology. The professor announces an experience to show how to get someone insane …

          – I’m phoning to an unknown number …
          – Hello?
          – Hello. Pardon to bother you but could I speak to Mr Krazinski please?
          – You’re mistaking, there’s no Mr Krazinsky here …
          – Terribly sorry, bye.

          He then explains that repeating the call to the same person, over and over agin, will get that person mad.

          – Hello. Pardon to bother you but could I speak to Mr Krazinski please?
          – I already told you there ain’t any Mr Krazinski here!
          – Gosh. Sorry. Bye.

          Another three times and a fourth …

          – Hello. Pardon to bother you again but has Mr Krazinski arrived?
          – For crying out loud, listen [censored] stop annoying me or I’ll call the cops, you [censored] !!!
          – Don’t get mad, only a mistake. have a nice day.

          Addressing the students, the teacher explains that he has brought an honest lady to the limits of the bearable.
          Then one student (the smart guy!) points out :

          – Sir, I can do even better
          – Well, carry on then ..

          The smart guy phones again to the lady and asks :
          – Hello, sorry to bother you, my name is Mr Krazinski, could you tell me if anyone has left a message for me?

          A big noise, that of a collapse.
          The inner limits!

          That’s all, folks. Totally off-topic, sorry and thanks! Was just for a smile :)

    14. George P. Burdell said on August 8, 2016 at 8:13 pm
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      Your user data can be stored more efficiently, to save hard drive space.

      My first PC with a hard drive had a total disk capacity of 20 MB to hold both operating system and user data, an amazing total at the time, but a size not immune to being filled up. To keep a lid on size, I would use data compression programs such as PKZIP and ARJ.

      Much of the user data I was storing was in the form of spreadsheets. Spreadsheet program writers then were not as well advanced as they are today. So, spreadsheet data files had lots of zeros and blanks within them, ripe for compression. Compressed file size reductions of 80% were not uncommon. That level of compression is harder to achieve nowadays with multimedia files that are already somewhat compressed and random to begin with.

      Anyone now seeking to save disk space might try 7-Zip or similar compression programs on whatever it is that clutters up your storage. If your files are sloppy enough to begin with, you might save some space. Given the cost of storage hardware, it hardly seems worth the effort. Anyone with thousands of little text files might see a difference.

      1. Pants said on August 8, 2016 at 9:42 pm
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        Excellent… I have a friend who remembers 5mb drives you had to cart around on the back of a truck. I also recall competitions back around 1999/2000 to build multi-page websites in under 5k – the winner one year was an online store with several items, a shopping cart and checkout. I also use to trim my code variables to the least common denominator, and heavily used object orientated programming/modules. It’s still a sign to me today that a small sized program is an indication of it’s professionalism. Things like 5 or 10mb renaming utilities just scare the shit out of me and scream amateur :)

    15. ilev said on August 8, 2016 at 9:50 pm
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      Microsoft shout get rid of WinSXS. 13GB out of my 100GB SSD drive.

      1. Alex said on August 9, 2016 at 7:17 am
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        you can reduce its size:
        run cmd under admin rights
        compact /c /s /a /i /exe:lzx “C:\Windows\WinSxS\*”

        also try
        compact /compactos:query
        it should check what space you gain if you compress system binaries

        1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 9, 2016 at 7:53 am
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    16. XenoSilvano said on August 9, 2016 at 1:39 am
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      thanks for mentioning ‘NexusFont’ d(^_^ ), I could have some use for this.

    17. buffer said on August 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm
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      I probed my windows folder with a drive space visualizer tool after finding that it took almost 20GB, and it was the drivers folder. I cleared close to 10GB by simply removing realtek audio drivers by using this handy tool.
      https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer

      1. Anonymous said on December 1, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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