Having too many files in your hard drive can not only clutter up your workspace, but can also bog down your machine’s performance. Digital files still take up digital space, and if you cut it too close, your computer or laptop’s speed and overall performance can slow down enough to cause a migraine.
Unfortunately, like regular clutter in your room, they multiply in numbers is left on their own. Regular activities on and offline can add little traces of residue files that, when added up, still take a sizable chunk of your computer’s resources.
So, how do you clean up your cluttered computer? You can do the usual general spring cleaning—deleting obsolete files, sorting unimportant data, and trimming out your media collection. All these can effectively free up space, but what about those hidden memory-hoggers that you can’t seem to find?
Get a Statistics Tool
To find space-hungry files swept under the rug, you can use a tool that will analyze and break down your computer’s partitions and folders according to used up space. There’s a tool called Windows Directory Statistics (WinDirStat) that you can download online for free. It’s a nifty little tool that does exactly the process mentioned. The best part? It doesn’t take up much space itself!
Make sure your computer keeps running smoothly through regular spring cleaning. If you’ve already cleaned up your closet and your machine’s still responding a bit slow, try to run WinDirStat to see if hidden system files like temporary and cache folders have began to pile up. Take out the garbage and your computer will have more room to breathe.