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Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space

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Windows7 Tips Tricks Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk SpaceToday, we have come up with another interesting episode from the series of Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks. We’ll be talking about tips and trick that save hard disk space. Below are the 10 killer tips that you can use to free up your hard disk space if you are running windows 7.

Disk Clean up

The most important and easiest way to free disk space is to use a built-in tool of Windows 7 called the Disk Cleanup. It cleans up your disk by deleting temporary files that are piled up over a period of time. These files include:

  • Temporary Internet files
  • Recycle Bin
  • Downloaded Program files
  • Windows temporary files

You can start Disk Cleanup, by doing the following:

  1. Click Start windows 7 start menu icon Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  2. Type “Disk Cleanup” (without quotes)windows 7 disk cleanup launch 380x118 Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  3. Select the drive you want to clean. Then click “OKwindows 7 choose drive Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  4. Select your Desired Fileswindows 7 disk cleanup Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  5. Click OK
  6. System will ask to delete files. Click Delete files

Remove Unwanted Programs

Over the period of time one has to install different programs for different needs. If there are some programs installed on your machine that are not required any more, it is recommended that you un-install those programs to save disk space. Below is the method to un-install unused programs:

  1. Click Start windows 7 start menu icon Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  2. Type “Uninstall a Program
  3. Hit Enter
  4. Now select the program you want to un-install and hit Uninstall

Remove Unwanted Windows Features

Your Windows 7 OS is a complete package containing more solutions than you have problems. It has a bundle of built-in programs that you might not want to use. It is better to un-install those programs to save disk space. To do so, do the following:

  1. Click Startwindows 7 start menu icon Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  2. Type “Uninstall a Program
  3. Hit Enter
  4. Click “Turn Windows features on or offuninstall windows 7 features 473x380 Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  5. Now un-check the feature you want to disable and hit OK

Disable Page File

Although this method is not recommended but if you are low on disk space you should go for it. Windows utilizes hard disk space when it gets low on memory. If you are in dire need of hard disk space then you can disable this feature. In order to disable the page file

  1. Click Startwindows 7 start menu icon Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  2. Type “Advance System Setting” (without quotes)
  3. Hit Enter
  4. Advance System Settings Dialogue Box will appear,Click Settings under Performance windows 7 System Settings Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  5. In the Performance Options Dialogue box, click the Advanced tab and then click the Change button under the Virtual Memory option.Windows 7 Change Virtual Memory Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  6. Now in the Virtual Memory dialogue box, un-check the  Automatically manage paging file size for all drives option, and choose No Page option.Windows 7 NoPaging 288x380 Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space

Again, I should remind you that this is not a recommended step. Only do it if you are in dire need of disk space.

Disable System Restore

Its better to disable system restore on drives other than C: drive. It will not have an effect on the size of C drive but you can find space in Drives other than C:. If you are in dire need of space in C drive too, then disable System Restore on All Drives. To do so:

  1. Right Click Computer Icon on Desktop or Start Menu
  2. Click Properties
  3. Click System Protectionwindows 7 system protection Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  4. Select the drive on which you want to disable System Restore and Click Configurewindows 7 disable system restore Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  5. Select Turn off system protection from appearing dialogue box and Click OK.disable system restore Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space

Disable Hibernate

This is my favorite way of freeing disk space. Hibernate is a windows feature that allows you to save your pc state before you shut down your computer. Hibernate is a good feature and is very helpful but unfortunately it takes 2-8 GB of precious disk space. There are cases when you don’t need this feature so it is recommended that you disable hibernate. To disable hibernate do the following:

  1. Click Start windows 7 start menu icon Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  2. Type “cmd” (without quotes)
  3. A list of files will appear, Right Click cmd and select Run as administrator
  4. In the command prompt type “powercfg -h off” (without quotes)and hit enter.

You can get your wasted space back.

Remove All But The Most Recent Restore Point

Windows 7 keeps a record of Restore Points in the disk in case of emergency to retrieve your settings and data back. These restore points are created at particular time intervals as well as when you install some software such as device drivers.

  1. Click Start windows 7 start menu icon Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  2. Type “Disk Cleanup” (without quotes)windows 7 disk cleanup launch 380x118 Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  3. Select the drive you want to clean. Then click “OK
  4. Click on “Cleanup System Files” button.windows 7 clean up system files Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  5. Select the drive in which you have installed Windows. Then click “OK
  6. Click on “More Options” tab.more options tab Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  7. In the “System Restore and Shadow Copies” section, click on “Clean up..” button.Windows 7 system restore and shadow copies Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  8. Click on “Delete” button.
  9. Click “OK”.
  10. Windows will now ask for confirmation to delete files. Click “Delete Files”.windows 7 delete files Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space

You are done. Now only the latest restore point will be saved in your PC. All the old System Restore points will be deleted.

Delete %TEMP% Files

Although Disk Clean up is suppose to clean up TEMP folder, sometimes it just doesn’t work. To overcome this, you can delete these files yourself. The method is easy, just do the following

  1. Click Start windows 7 start menu icon Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  2. Type %TEMP%
  3. Hit Enter
  4. A folder will appear, select all files by pressing CTRL + A
  5. Now Hit the delete button. All the temp files will be deleted.
  6. To ignore Recycle Bin press SHIFT + DEL

You might get a warning that a file cannot be deleted. It is because some programs are using those file. You should simply ignore those file and continue with the deletion.

NTFS Compression

The NTFS file compression option can compress files on your hard disk. This allows you to get more space on the disk. This is an effective option and can save a lot of disk space. To do so, just do the following:

  1. Just right click a folder, hit Properties
  2. Click the Advanced Button
  3. Select Compress <pic>
  4. Click OK

Cookies and Caches

Normally, the websites you visit keep some data on your  hard disk in form of Cookies. Cookies increase the website performance but in most cases these are useless and should be deleted to avoid becoming a victim of some hacker. Similarly, Caches are also maintained by web browsers to increase website performance. You can get rid of both of these to get some disk space back. To do so:

  1. Click Start windows 7 start menu icon Coolest Windows 7 Tips and Tricks: 10 killer ways to Increase Disk Space
  2. Type “inetcpl.cpl” (without quotes) in the Start Search box
  3. Press ENTER
  4. On the General tab, click Delete under Browsing History in the Internet Properties dialog box.
  5. In the Delete Browsing History dialog box, un-check all check boxes and check only Cookies
  6. Click Delete

That’s it for today, hope you like it. If you want more, keep coming. Do let us know about these tips and how did they work out for you. Your comments are most appreciated.

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  • Sourabh Convonix

    Rephrase: Sophisticated Windows 7 tweaks for dummies!

  • Ass

    I never ran out of space on my old 40GB hard drive, is there that much concern with my new 1TB drive?

  • Djourdanais

    Dear Ass,

    is your first name Jack? you are bragginh about 40GB and bragging about 1TB.
    you are an AssBragger