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How To Safely Delete Files In Windows 10 To Save Space?

If you are running low on disk space, the probable reason would be unnecessary storage of , temporary internet files, downloaded files, unwanted windows registries, background data and other junk. These junk files are those files that are created when our computer performs a task. These temporary files go to the “C” drive of your windows which is also called the father of system as it contains all the important system files and so we cannot blindly delete files without knowing where we are putting our hands on.

Since these junk files consume a lot of disk space, and windows go low on storage, there is an immediate need to delete these files or move to any other location. Before you rush or opt for a new drive you must know that  Windows 10 has inbuilt tools to remove these junk files and optimize the memory space for you.

It will not only clear the disk space for you but enhance the performance of your system.

In our content, we will share some very useful tricks with our users to safely delete files in Windows 10 to save memory and space;

  • Disk cleanup - The users operating windows 10 have been given more comminuted authorization to delete all the junk files from the system using the settings option in the home bar or you can also use disk cleanup from the control panel. Go to the taskbar on your Windows 10 home screen and click on Start > All Apps > Windows Administrative Tools. Now click on disk cleanup and select the drive you want to clean  ( The default folder is C drive). After selecting your choice, the disk cleanup program will then start analyzing different folders and files where the junk is stored. The disk cleanup analyzing different junk files and folders on the system will look like this.

When the junk files are done being analyzed, you will be provided with a dialogue box containing the list of files causing junk in your system. The disk cleanup box listing the junk files will look like this ;

Click on “clean up system files” to permanently delete all those junk files from your system and then click “OK”.

  • Uninstall apps that you no longer use - There are certain apps in your system that you no longer use or some came pre-installed with the system. You can uninstall those apps to create more space for your system. Also there a large number of games that take maximum space from your device. If it ain’t your favorite anymore, it would serve a great purpose to clean up the disk space. We do not encourage to delete all the games but only those that are taking extra space and ain’t your dearest anymore. This will further enhance the performance of other games which might be lagging due to memory issues. To apply this process follow the steps below;

  •  On the left-hand side settings panel of your home screen, open settings and then click on “Apps” followed by “Apps and features”.
  • Use the “Sort by” drop-down menu to know the size of the files that are taking the most space. Select your choices and then click on Uninstall button.

  • Repeat the steps for each application you want to delete.

  • Disable hibernation on your Windows 10 - Hibernation is a feature in Windows 10 that allows users to save data in the memory of hard drive allowing the user to power off the device without losing any work. It means that your data is safe and won’t go anywhere and you can start from right where you left the system until the device is logged on. It has its own advantages and is a neat feature but the thing that puts hibernation to guilt is that it takes several gigabytes of space to store the data loaded in memory into the hiberfil.sys file. To disable hibernation on your windows 10 system, follow these steps;
  • Go to the taskbar and open the start menu. Now click on run and type “cmd”. This will open the command prompt menu

  • Now type the command mentioned in the image displayed below (powercfg /hibernate off)

  •  It will disable hibernation mode from your system. You can use the same command if you wish to enable hibernation mode again on your system.
  • Migrate apps games and files that are taking extra space to an external hard drive - If you have tried everything and still are not getting space for your important files and folders on your system, you can shift them to an external hard drive by getting it connected to the system. If you want to move your necessary files and folders to a new location in order to create space in your system, follow the steps mentioned below;
  • Go to Settings. Now click on Apps < Apps and features.

  • Select the app and click on move option.

  • Using the drop-down menu select the location of the external hard drive where you want to store and save your files. Click on the move option again.

  • Repeat the process until all the files you want to transfer gets shifted to its new location.  


  • Store large and important files in the cloud - Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage service can help you save files in the local cloud using the Files On-Demand feature. This feature helps you to access documents, photos, videos, and music stored in the cloud using File Explorer. This option can be best utilized when your drive is running low on space. You can save those files in the cloud and download them later when you want to. In our content, we will first discuss how to enable “Onedrive files on demand” feature. Follow the guidelines mentioned below to enable this feature on your system;

  • Go to the taskbar at the bottom of your windows screen and open the notification panel.

  • From the menu bar, open “settings”.

  • To enable the files on demand feature, click on ”Save space and download files as you use them”.

  • Click on “OK” option to save your settings and enable file on demand.


Move files using one drive files on demand


  • Open file explorer and click on one drive.

  • Select all the files that you want to shift to the cloud directory.

  • After selecting your range of choices, right click and adopt the “Free space” option.

  • You can now access your files using the file explorer option but they will now appear with a white cloud and blue border. In order to access these files, you need a working internet connection. 

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