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How to recover lost storage space on your Windows PC

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How to recover lost memory space on your Windows PC

For any user of smartphones and PCs in the modern world, storage space is vital. It has a significant role in letting you install applications and games, and also in saving songs and movies to any hard disk at the maximum speeds.

However, it sometimes is so quick, that the system often misses certain sectors of memory. And the problem arises when these sectors do occupy an unnecessarily large amount of space in your memory.

This lost space can force you to use up a lot of memory for no reason at all. The worst part is that you may think that your files actually take up all that space.

Fortunately, there are two ways in which we can recover and utilise these wasted sectors. It involves cleaning your disk of ‘junk’ files, and reassigning all the memory to proper sectors on your hard disk.

Let’s see the faster method first. Cleaning the ‘junk’ files is not only responsible to recover some amount of space, but it is also helpful in giving more speed to the computer. These ‘junk’ files have the inclusion of installation files, Windows Update files and temporary cache memory from browsers and system processes.

Step 1

Firstly place the cursor on the Cortana search bar and type ‘Disk Cleanup’. This is actually the Windows equivalent of an Android cache cleaning app. You can also delete the files that are temporarily stored on the computer, especially those that take up more memory.

Step 2

Select the drop-down menu, and you can select the drives that you want to target. It is suggest you start with your primary hard disk partition. Click on the ‘Clean up system files’

Step 3

Once it is selected, you can then view the amount of space you can free up and which folders take up more memory.

Step 4

Ensure that you have selected all the folders and then hit the ‘Ok’ button. All the temporarily saved files will most definitely be cleared from your computer. You can also repeat the same steps for all other partitions.

The second method is called Defragmentation, and unlike the Disk Cleaner, it will not be deleting unnecessary files. It however, rearranges all the files to occupy the unused space.

Consider this as a bookshelf where several books are placed one, but with occasional gaps. So, for making things more organised, you can shift the books into the gaps and make more space for new books. Disk defragmentation will be working in the same way, so with the large amounts of data that’s is being reorganised, it will take up a larger amount of time.