How to reduce disk space usage in Windows 7

Disk space is needed to store files. When your disk becomes full your computing tasks will become harder as it will not be possible to store any more file on the disk. Here some tips have been stated, these tips will help you to increase the disk space.

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Use the Disk cleanup utility:

Disk cleanup utility is an important tool of the Windows operating system. This tool will allow you to remove different files which may not be necessary for you. The tool will find out those files; then you will be prompted to choose which files you want to delete. Using the tool the following types of files can be removed: temporary internet files, downloaded program files, Windows temporary files, optional Windows components, installed programs which you are not using for a long time, and files in the recycle bin.

There are several ways to run the utility tool. One process is this – go to the All Programs from the start menu, then go to Accessories, then System tools, then click on Disk Cleanup. The second process is by using the Run command. Click on Run from the Start menu, then type “cleanmgr” without using the quotes, then click OK.

Clean System Restore:

System restore helps your computer to get back the previous well-running state if anything goes wrong after installing a new program. For this purpose Windows Vista and Windows 7 store lots of files. After installing many new programs the System Restore will take a lot of space. This may also reduce the system performance. If you are using any third party software for System Restore, then follow the developer’s instructions to clean older System Restore files.

This cleaning task can be done by the Disk Cleanup also. Just run the Disk Cleanup, then go to More Options, then “Clean up…”. This will delete all the older System Restore data, only the most recent one will remain. You will achieve a lot of space on the hard disk.

Disable Hibernation:

In computing, the word “Hibernation” means powering down the computer system, but retaining its state. During hibernation, the contents of the RAM are saved to a non-volatile storage or hard disk. Windows creates a hibernation file by default. The file has the size of total usable memory. Suppose that you have 4 GB RAM, then you can achieve 4 GB disk space by disabling the Hibernation.

Reduce Page file and browser cache size:

If there is large memory in your computer, then you can reduce the size of the virtual memory or Page File. Don’t eliminate the Page File, just reduce it. If you have 2 GB RAM or larger, then 2 GB paging file will be sufficient. To do this, go to the Control Panel, then System and Maintenance, then System, then Advanced System setting under Task, then go to System Properties, then Advanced tab, then Performance Settings, then Advanced tab, then Change. After going there uncheck the “Automatically-manage-paging-file-size” and enable custom size. Set your custom size.

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Syed Ahmed Salimuddin Sultan is a Computer Science graduate. He has written many technical articles on different sites.