Checking Files That Take Up the Most Space in Windows 10

Although large hard drives are the norm nowadays, it is still a good idea to see how much space you have left on your hard drive and what files are taking up the most space.

You can quickly find out how much room you have left on your hard drive using Windows 10’s File Explorer, but it does not break down which files are taking up the most space. The “Storage” page in the Settings app provides both pieces of information. It specifies the amount of free space available plus lets you explore how much space your documents, pictures, and other types of files are consuming. It will let you drill down to the file level, to view and manage those files.

Accessing the “Storage” Page

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start menu by clicking the Windows button.
  2. Click the gear icon in the lower left corner of the Start menu to open the Settings app.
  3. Choose “System” in the Settings app.
  4. Select “Storage” in the left pane.
  5. Click “This PC (C:)” in the “Local storage” section.

You will see a list of file types, ranked by the amount of space they consume.

Many categories are self-explanatory (e.g., “Mail”, “Pictures”, “Music”, “Videos”), but some are not. The “Other” category will take you to a page that notes the category is a catchall for files and folders that Windows 10 couldn’t characterize.

Each category page will let you view and manage the files in them. The exception is the page for the “System & Reserved” category. It briefly describes the types of files found in this category because removing them would harm your computer. It will give you the option to manage the system restore process.

Freeing Up Space on Your Hard Drive

Below are several options, including:

  • Deleting unused and duplicate files.
  • Moving files you seldom use to the cloud (or another storage medium).
  • Uninstalling apps you do not use.
  • Using the “Free up space now” option on the “Storage” page to reclaim space.

Deleting unused and duplicate files is fairly straightforward. Other options are more involved. If you need help moving files to the cloud, uninstalling unwanted apps, or using the “Free up space now” option, we can help.

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