How Do I increase free Hard Disk Space?

Problem Description - not have enough hard disk space:

During new software installation, you may receive a message stating that you do not have enough hard disk space to perform the installation. This section explains how to determine what disk space you have left and how to increase your hard disk space.

Resolution Process - determining your hard disk space:

Follow these steps to determine what hard disk space is available on your computer.

  • Double-click My Computer.
  • Click the drive to which you are installing the software.
  • Right-click the drive to which you are installing the software (usually, this is C:) and select Properties.
  • On the General tab, note the amount of free space.

My Computer

  • Keep the Properties dialog open as you read the following information.

It is possible that you need more space to install your new software than the minimum system requirements states in the software product documentation. A good rule of thumb is you need twice as much space as stated. To increase hard disk space follow the instructions in the next section below.

If you are certain you have enough space to install the software on your computer, something other issue is causing the error. Click OK to close the Properties dialog, and visit our Contact page for a workshop service and booking.

Increase your hard disk space:

There are several ways you can increase your hard disk space. One easy way is to use the Windows utility "Disk Cleanup". Disk Cleanup searches your drive and then walks you through the process of deleting:

  • Temporary Internet files
  • Downloaded program files
  • Files in the Recycle Bin
  • Files in your Temp folder
  • Optional Windows components that you do not use
  • Installed programs that you do not use

You can direct "Disk Cleanup" to delete some or all of the files it identifies.

To use Disk Cleanup:

  • Click Disk Cleanup in the Properties dialog. The Disk Cleanup dialog opens and your drive is scanned.

Windows Disk Cleanup

  • After you drive has been scanned, a dialog for the drive you are scanning opens.

Disk Cleanup Options

  • On the Disk Cleanup tab, select the items you want to remove from your hard drive. Usually, Downloaded Program Files, Temporary Internet Files, Recycle Bin, and Temporary Files. To view the files that will be deleted, click View Files. If you want to keep a file, create a folder and drag and drop the file you want to keep into it.
  • Click OK to start cleanup.

Optionally, you can clean unused Windows components and installed programs using the "More Options" tab of the Disk Cleanup dialog. For more information, search the Windows Help by selecting Start > Help or double-clicking My Computer and selecting Help > Help Topics. Search for Disk Cleanup, Windows Components, or Add/Remove Programs.

If you do not want to use Disk Cleanup, you can do use the following items to free up space on your hard drive.

  • Empty the Recycle Bin:On your Desktop, right-click the Recycle Bin, and then click Empty Recycle Bin. If you are prompted to confirm that you want to delete the files, click Yes.
  • Delete files in your Temp directory:See Clean Disk Cleanup.
  • Remove Installed Programs:Uninstall programs that you do not use:

    1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs
    2. Select any programs that you do not used and click Change/Remove.

Note: It may be necessary to restart your computer after uninstalling the programs you do not want. If you are uninstalling more than one program, you can choose not to restart until you have uninstalled all programs.

  • Delete temporary Internet files:

    1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Internet
    2. On the General tab, click Delete Files

removing temp internet files