As all computer users know, regardless of whether we use Windows Mac or Linux as our operating system, cleaning a hard drive is not an easy task, much less pleasant, since we can always face the need to make certain decisions that can severely compromise our PC’s behavior.
Unfortunately, cleaning the disk of useless files is a necessary task, since it is one of the best ways to keep the computer running smoothly and get the best performance. That is why in this article we are going to show you how to clean a hard disk to free up space without worries and in a simple and pleasant way.
Cleaning a saturated hard disk
To start with the task, one of the first things we have to do is to run the “Disk Space Saver” tool, provided by Microsoft on their operating systems. Although this application is not capable by itself of performing a deep system clean, we will achieve a great advance.
To run the application, we click on the Start menu, then “All Programs”, “Accessories”, “System Tools” and finally “Disk Cleaner”.
If we want the cleaning to be much deeper, we should not forget to click on the “Clean system files” button, because if we click it, files from previous installations, updates already made and other system files that are no longer used will be included and also deleted.
From here on we will have to use a couple of external tools that will be in charge of reaching the entrails of our system, eliminating duplicated files and even those that we did not know were there taking up precious space.
Remove duplicate files
After a long time of use, we can see that the amount of space we have occupied on our hard disk due to duplicated files is really big, this happens mainly with multimedia files, that is to say, photos, videos and audio.
At this point, having a program that besides being able to find them accurately, can show us information and details about them, will become a great ally in the cleaning of files, since in this way we can take the right path and only delete files that we do not need.
One of the best applications for this task is Duplicate Cleaner, which is very simple to use and really very powerful. With this utility we will have at our disposal a great amount of options with which to explore the hard disk, and that will also allow us to define any search pattern to eliminate duplicate files. Among the search options we can implement are size, content, file name, date and any combination between them.
Also, in the case, for example, of being looking for duplicate music files, we will be able to define its search by means of the labels of artist, title or album. Another very interesting feature of Duplicate Cleaner, is the possibility of excluding from the searches files with a size smaller than a given figure, which will be very useful for us to put emphasis on the location of large files, which will make a noticeable difference when we delete them.
Once the program has finished checking your disk, it will proceed to show the duplicated files in colors, a fact that will allow us to easily discern which are the duplicated files and which are not, after that, we will be the ones who will have to decide whether to delete these big files or keep them.
If you wish, you can download Duplicate Cleaner following this URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdtDyM3uKkM&t=2s
Delete large files
Unfortunately, duplicate files are not the only reason for a disk to become full. How many times have we gone through our disk in search of that mysterious large file that we can’t find anywhere?
Many times it is the users themselves who put them there without realizing it. This usually happens when we copy some file from a removable storage medium and allow it to be stored anywhere without noticing where. We use the file and then forget to delete it, so it gets together with others in the same position, managing to fill a hard disk very easily.
Finding these large lost files is a very simple task without using a small utility called TreeSize Free. Once we run it and it finishes scanning our disks, it will show the content in a list tree form, highlighting the biggest directories at the top. Really a very easy and fast way to find and delete big files.
If you want, you can download TreeSize Free by following this URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkdZYK8XUB8
How to clean our PC from unnecessary files
As we well know, users who are used to using Windows, when we install or uninstall any application, they usually leave a large amount of files that are no longer needed. Also the applications in their operation create temporary files that later “forget” to remove.
All these files left by the applications usually become a big problem, since they slow down the operation of our system, consuming resources and RAM memory unnecessarily, if we do not take care of the case properly.
At this point, there is a tool that will clean our PC from unnecessary files, since it is able to track the temporary files left by these applications when they work or are installed or uninstalled. This program, ClearProg, is one of the best alternatives that exist to the large maintenance suites, since it is designed only to fulfill the mentioned function, and it does it in an extremely effective way, and in addition it is free.
ClearProg, will analyze the system looking for that they have created and abandoned in their way certain applications, studying if these files are temporary or remnants, and if they are still necessary for the good behavior and operation of our operating system.
The applications that ClearProg can track are: Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox, Microsoft Office, 7zip, Adobe Acrobat, AdAware, Windows Media Player, Adobe Flash, ACDsee, OpenOffice and many others thanks to the incorporation of a quite interesting plugin system. The list of applications is really amazing, since it has more than 250 programs in its database.
It also offers numerous options such as the possibility of viewing a summary of the detected files, command line parameters and customizable shortcuts. Undoubtedly the best alternative to clean our PC from unnecessary files.
If you wish, you can download ClearProg for free by FOLLOWING THIS url: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7SrUVW_6cQ
How to save a lot of disk space with a simple trick
We all know that the more RAM a computer has installed, the better it will perform in terms of performance and reliability. Now, and although we may not believe it, in some scenarios, a larger amount of RAM memory can be a disadvantage.
How can this be? we will surely ask ourselves. The issue is simple. The more memory a computer has, the more space it will need on the hard disk to perform certain functions. This is because by default, Windows comes with the hibernation feature enabled. In this article we will learn how to disable it to get more storage space for our documents.
As we mentioned, Windows, by default, comes with the hibernation feature enabled, which is a really interesting advantage, since it allows our computer to start and run much faster than usual. To do this, the operating system uses the creation of a hidden file called “hiberfil.sys”, which fulfills the very important function of storing the keys and settings that Windows needs to boot. If we want to disable this option and save hard space with a simple trick, let’s read on.
Why does the hibernation system take up so much space on my disk?
When we have a big hard disk, with a lot of capacity, this does not offer any problem, the real problem arises when we have a small boot unit, which nowadays is a quite common scenario thanks to the SSDs, since the mentioned Hiberfil.sys file can store up to approximately 75% of the RAM installed in the computer.
In the case that some user has 64 GB. of RAM installed in the computer, it is enough to do a simple mathematical operation to realize that the size of Hiberfill.sys is unacceptable when most SSDs reach 120 Gb. of capacity.
As we can see, despite the usefulness that the hibernation system can provide us, it can sometimes become a serious problem. Fortunately, the solution to this problem is quite simple and straightforward to implement: Disable the hibernation, which will free up a lot of space on our hard drive.
Disable hibernation in Windows to free up space
To free up space by disabling the Windows hibernation function, all we have to do is follow the instructions provided from this point onwards.
The first thing we have to do is click on the “Search in Windows” box located on the taskbar, and then type “cmd” (without the quotes). Once the results are shown in the panel, we select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the option “Run as Administrator”.
Once the Command Prompt window runs, we type the following text (without the quotes):
powercfg.exe /hibernate off
To finish, press the “Enter” key.
If for some reason we want to turn the hibernation option back on, all we have to do is repeat steps 1 to 3, except that in step 2 we have to write the following (without the quotes)
powercfg.exe / hibernate en
By disabling the hibernation system, we can see that we have recovered a good amount of disk space, which is essential to be able to carry out our daily tasks comfortably.