Two months ago, I wrote a post about freeing up a few gigabytes of disk space in Windows. Now I am back with more actionable ideas to free up even more space on your hard drives.
Scan Folders for Their Sizes
First of all, I wanted to see the folder sizes on my primary drive where all my software is installed or located. This would help me determine likely space hogs.
There are several ways to go about this but I like to use the following two solutions.
First, there is the command line way. This way is not for everybody but I am a tinkerer, so I like it.
Microsoft released a Support Tools package for Windows XP SP2 back in 2004.
Download it and change the downloaded
You can find out how to change a file’s extension in my previous post.
Then open the zip file with 7-Zip and locate the following file:
Now you are ready to use this nifty little tool.
Launch Command Prompt from
D:\Downloads\diruse.exe /S /M /, /Q:250 /D C:
This will display all folders located on drive C: that are larger than 250 megabytes.
Then there is the graphical way.
Download the portable version of the free GetFoldersize utility.
Extract the zip file’s contents to its portable folder, then launch
In the right pane of GetFoldersize’s window, select the drive you wish to scan and click on the
You can then scroll the output in the left pane of the window and see which folders are bloated and unnecessary.
Here is what came up in my scan…
NVIDIA NetService Updates
As it turns out NVIDIA leaves behind all update files to its hardware that it downloads.
These abandoned and useless update files are stored at
As you can see on the screenshot, the files take up almost 4GB of space. How nice…
I removed the whole contents of the
You will need administrative privileges to remove these files and folders. Well except for the
Visual Studio Package Cache
I actually had to check my
I installed and uninstalled Visual Studio earlier this year, but sometimes the uninstall process isn’t thorough enough.
Anyway, if Visual Studio is not listed there, it should be safe to remove the folder altogether.
To be extra careful, rename the folder to
Windows will warn you that the folder is not empty. Continue anyway by clicking on the
As a result of these clean-up efforts, I was able to claim back more than 4.77 GB of hard drive space — that’s 4.3% of my primary SSD’s drive space. Not bad.
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