I remember a time not too long ago when a 200 GB hard drive was considered huge. I spent a lot of time with my 60 GB hard drive on my old computer so you can understand why I basically had to learn how to keep my hard drive lean and clean. There have been many instances when I’ve had to clear up lots of my stuff in order to add something new. Especially if I wanted to install a new game or something, I had to make so many sacrifices due to the lack of space. Lucky for me, I learned how to properly manage my space and I’ve never really had any serious problems with it. I know that today’s hard drives have lots of space. After all, 1 TB is industry standard right now. When you buy a new computer or a laptop, odds are that you will get 750 GB or 1TB hard drive. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t have to clear up your space and I’m here to give you a few tips on how to do it properly.

Delete all unnecessary data

In time, your computer starts to get clumped with all sorts of useless files. You purchase lots of music on a whim but the fact that you used to like a certain song and you were willing to pay for it a while back doesn’t mean that you should keep it. Your HDD may have lots of space, but when it gets cluttered, it starts to work worse than when it’s not filled with rubbish. That’s why it’s a good idea to clear these files up. Music, pictures, old movies – things you don’t need and you will probably never look at/watch/listen to again are there just to occupy digital space and collect digital dust. Get rid of them. If you think you will need them again, but not any time soon, you can burn them on disks, or you can use cloud storage. Leave only the most relevant information on your computer if you want it to work well.

Uninstall programs

When you’re browsing the net and downloading applications, installing programs, or sometimes looking at pictures online, programs constantly bug you for installation. Sometimes you notice and click “decline”, but in most cases they find their way to your hard drive. McAfee antivirus is the perfect example – if you’re not vigilant, upon installing Adobe programs, you get McAfee, as well, which most people don’t really want. There are numerous such applications – antivirus software, toolbars, viewing programs, etc. Check your programs and uninstall such applications. Have a look at other free programs you’re not using, and get rid of them as well. There is a lot on your hard drive you don’t really need. I suggest you delete it and you will create tons of space and enable the drive to work properly.

Recovery points

Your Windows is set to create recovery points every once in a while. Sometimes these files can be huge and to be frank not all that useful. If your Windows crashes, these recovery points usually don’t work as intended simply because Windows isn’t that good at this sort of thing. My suggestion here is to use specialized programs to create recovery points. This is a much safer way and you have more control over the process. Remove current restore points from Windows and disable the option from Control Panel>System and Security>Backup and Restore and you’re done. Then create the backups you want, not the ones Windows thinks it needs.