How To Free Windows 10 Disk Space With WinDirStat (2020)
- January 28, 2020
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Microsoft Windows
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This lesson can be found within my book 27 Amazing Windows 10 Performance Boosting Tips: A Complete Visual Guide For Beginners, Intermediates & Experts. The goal of this lesson is to teach the user How To Free Windows 10 Disk Space With WinDirStat in 2020, This lesson is performed using a complete visual guide. First, we will assess the primary skill one user will obtain through the lesson. Second, a brief risk analysis of how the lesson can impact system performance and security. Finally, we conclude with learning why this particular lesson is important.
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Why Learning How To Free Windows 10 Disk Space With WinDirStat (2020) Is Important:
Does Microsoft Manage Disk Space Well?
The Microsoft Windows 10 operating system does an excellent job managing disk space. Unfortunately, many users do not. Now before you think I’m hard on Windows users, I am one of those people who completely lose track of disk space usage. Quite often, I don’t realize it’s a problem until it’s too late. This problem comes in the form of notices from Windows that my disk space is low. Historically, I would have recommended a very time-consuming process for removing unnecessary files from Windows.
However, I found a magical tool purely by accident one day. This tool is a third-party tool that was developed by an independent team of Developers. It is called WinDirStat. WinDirStat is short for Windows directory statistics. This fantastic tool scans and entire hard drive, or an external hard drive, and gives a visual representation of disk usage. What is fantastic about this tool is that it is both free and fast. Within a few minutes of scanning our drive, you’ll be able to say complete usage of your disk drive sorted from most to least disk usage.
How WinDirStat Makes Life With Windows So Much Better
One of the most frustrating things about Windows was that it never told you how much space a specific folder was using. WinDirStat organizes your file usage from largest to smallest based on the root folder. You can then click the little plus next to each folder to navigate down and see which folders are using up the most disk space. I need to note here that you need to be very careful when you delete something with this program. Just because something is taking up much space, it does not mean you can freely delete it. Many critical operating system files use a decent chunk of disk space. If you accidentally delete these critical files, then you destroy your operating system.
If you are unsure, then it’s best to leave the file alone. In my experience, it’s effortless to identify my data from system data. In other words, you can quickly identify which of your folders, games, applications, or files is utilizing the majority of your disk space. To delete these files, it is just a matter of right-clicking and deleting.