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How to See What is Taking Up Space on My Hard Drive Windows 7

Here you will find out:

  • how to get more space on Windows 7
  • how DiskInternals can help you

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Something taking up too much space on Windows 7

There are situations when a hard drive with lots of space becomes slow, loads programs and files poorly, and sometimes stops responding at all for no reason.

Most likely, something is silently stealing your free space, as a result of which the disk is working poorly. To see what is taking up space on your hard drive in Windows 7, read this article and follow its instructions.

Step 1. Disable Hibernate mode

This mode is not bad in itself, but it eats up a lot of free space, meaning your computer gradually starts to work badly. You can solve this problem simply by deactivating Hibernate mode.

First, right-click on Start and select “Command Prompt” (as administrator). In the new window, type “powercfg -h off” and press Enter. This simple command is needed to disable the option. Restart the computer and see if the PC still freezes, or if it is working properly.

Step 2. Check what is taking up space on HDD

Some files may be hidden, leading you to think erroneously that there is a lot of free space. Therefore, display all the hidden files; maybe some of them are huge.

To find out what is taking up so much space on your hard drive in Windows 7, take into account all the files on the disk. Click Start, and then select Settings. Next, in the System section, select Storage. In the new window, find the hard drive and select it.

You will see everything that is on this disk; pay attention in particular to what unnecessary applications and files take up the most space.

Step 3. Delete useless apps

Now remove these forgotten and unused applications. This will clean the computer of unnecessary debris and give the hard drive a new lease on life.

Click Start with the right mouse button and select Control Panel. Now click on the Programs and Features section. You will see the whole list of programs installed on the computer. Delete the applications selected in the second step with the right mouse button.

To confirm the actions taken, restart the computer; now it should work more efficiently and cause you less strain.

Step 4. Clear out the drive with Disk Cleanup

Now take care of the accumulated garbage on your drive.

Removing it is simple; use the pre-installed utility to clean the disk. Click Start and, in the search bar, type “Disk Cleanup” and click OK. The utility will load; carefully examine the proposed options for cleaning and select the one that is right for you.

Now click OK and wait as long as necessary. Usually, disposing of garbage files significantly affects the performance of the computer.

Step 5. Clear TEMP files

The previous tool does its job perfectly, except for the TEMP folder.

Therefore, to be sure, simply delete it. This can be done through the command line. The desired command is as follows: “cd /d %TEMP%”, then the “cd ..” command, and finally the “rd /s temp” command. After each of them, press Enter.

As an alternative, you can enter TEMP in the Search box and empty the TEMP folder.

However, think before you do this: if you are not sure or if the computer is already working well after the previous steps, it is best to skip this step.

Step 6. Clear browser cache

What else may be taking up all the space on your hard drive in Windows 7?

Your browser (no matter which one) may be bloated with data; clean it or, if the temporary files are needed, move them to another (removable) drive.

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