Take back your hard drive space!

 

Ever wonder why your hard drive is filling up?  Trying to track down where space is being used can be quite a chore. There are of course a few routine places to check like Temporary Internet Files, Recycle Bin, and System Restore, but it's often stuff we put on our computers (and maybe don't realize it) that take up a good chunk of space.  Luckily there are a few programs that help solve this problem.

First is Treesize.  This is a free utility that scans your hard drive and shows you folder sizes. You can then navigate to any of the folders and delete items that are unnecessary and taking up space.

Next is Doublekiller.  This program will scan your drive (or any folder you choose) for duplicate files. You can set criteria for how it searches based on name, size, date, and CRC32-Checksum. When it finished scanning you are able to delete any combination of the files that were found. Be careful and make sure you're not deleting system files or other necessary data.

So there you have it. Take back your hard drive space and enjoy a faster, more efficient computer.  Remember that Windows operates best when there is at least 15% free space on your primary hard drive.

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