How to Free Up More Storage Space on Your Tablets Hard Drive

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en-INTL-PDP0-HP-Stream-7-32GB-CWF-01889-P3Are you having trouble finding storage space on your computer? Today our devices are being filled up with more and more files. The average Windows tablet is now being used for entertainment because of its high portability. The amount of storage space music, videos, and programs take up is causing quite a problem. If you own a 7 or 8 inch tablet you are lucky to have 64 gigabytes of storage while the norm is 32 gb. It can fill up quickly with just the OS and support files using up to 50% of disk space.

If you are getting a message from your PC that you are low on space be sure to do something about it before you’re in the middle of something important. The good news you can take some easy steps now so you do not get caught short.

The first thing to do is check to see how much disk space you have and how much you have left.

 

 Check current space on your Tablet.

 

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  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click Disk space.

  3. Under Free up space on this PC, note the amount of free space and total size.

On this screen is two easy ways to free up some storage space, first check the Recycle Bin. If it contains any trash, empty it now for some quick free space. Second, click on See My App Sizes. You will go to a page that lists all the apps you have stored on your hard drive. Delete unnecessary apps you can do without. If you did both of these then you will have recovered a lot of storage space and you may not have to continue. But if you do then go on to the next step.

 

Use Disk Cleanup

 

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Cleaning out your PC on a regular basis frees up drive space and helps it run better. One of the easiest ways to clean up files you no longer need is by using Disk Cleanup.

  1. To open Disk Cleanup from the desktop, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings (or if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings), tap or click Control Panel, type Admin in the Search box, tap or click Administrative Tools, and then double-tap or double-click Disk Cleanup.

  2. If prompted, tap or click the drive that you want to clean up, and then tap or click OK.

  3. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box in the Description section, tap or click Clean up system files. Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.

  4. If prompted, tap or click the drive that you want to clean up, and then tap or click OK.

  5. In the Disk Cleanup dialog box, on the Disk Cleanup tab, select the check boxes for the file types that you want to delete, and then tap or click OK.

  6. In the message that appears, tap or click Delete files.

  7. Go back to Computer in File Explorer, tap or click the drive you cleaned up, and then tap or click Refresh. If you need to free more space (the drive is still marked red), go to the next tip.

 

 Uninstall Desktop Apps

 

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Uninstall desktop apps you don’t need anymore in Programs and Features.

  1. Open Programs and Features by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Programs and Features in the search box, and then tapping or clicking Programs and Features.

  2. Tap or click a program, and then tap or click Uninstall, Change, or Repair. Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.

 

Archive or Delete files you do not need anymore

 

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If you have photos, music, videos, or other files that you want to keep but don’t necessarily want on your PC, consider saving them to removable media, such as an external drive, USB drive, DVD, or cloud storage. You’ll still be able to view those files as long as your PC is connected to the removable media or cloud storage, but they won’t take up space on your PC. For more info, see Copy or move files and folders.

  1. Open This PC by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering This PC in the search box, and then tapping or clicking This PC.

  2. In the Search This PC box in the upper-right, enter size:huge.

  3. Tap or click the View menu, tap or click Sort by, and then tap or click Size. The largest files display at the top.

  4. Once you locate a file you want to delete, press and hold or right-click the file and then tap or click Delete.

 

Add More Storage

 

Seagate U6 3.5 inch 40 GB hard disk.

 

A longer-term strategy for expanding your PC’s storage capacity is to add removable storage, including SD cards, USB flash drives, DVDs or CDs, or using cloud storage or network drives.

Removable storage options:

  • Secure Digital (SD) cards: There are few different types of cards, including SD (32.0×24 mm), miniSD (21.5×20 mm), and microSD (15.0×11 mm). It’s important to check with your PC manufacturer to understand which types of SD cards options are available on your PC.

  • USB and external drives. Most PCs include one or more USB ports that you can plug a USB flash or external drives into. Some newer PCs include a USB 3.0 port, which includes faster transfer speeds of up to 10 times USB 2.0. While you can use a USB 2.0 flash drive in a USB 3.0 port (at USB transfer speeds), you can’t use a USB 3.0 flash drive with a USB 2.0 port. Check with your PC manufacturer to understand which USB ports your PC supports.

  • DVDs and CDs. If your PC has a CD, DVD, or Blu‑ray Disc drive that can read and write to a blank disc, you can use the drive to store data, much like a SD or USB flash drive. Here’s how: When you insert a blank disc into the PC, choose Like a USB flash drive from the list of options.

  • Cloud storage using OneDrive. Windows comes with the OneDrive app, which helps you get to your free OneDrivestorage in the cloud, sometimes referred to as online storage. You can save files to OneDrive and work with them in several different ways: on the website (OneDrive.com), with the app for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, with the desktop apps for a PC or Mac, and with apps for your mobile devices. For more info, see Getting started with OneDrive.

    To see how much storage is available, and add more storage, swipe in from the right edge of the screen (or, if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen), tap or click Settings, tap or click Change PC settings, and then tap or click OneDrive. You can also go to Manage storage on the OneDrive website.

 

You can use any or all these ways to get your storage space back. Many tablet users just don’t think about what they are doing when adding programs or storing media on their tablet. Your device has been made so simple to use that we forget the complex machine it really is and that it does need to be cared for and maintained to ensure long life and usefulness.

 




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