How to recover free space in C Drive in Windows

Almost all of the Windows users, might have probably witnessed the low disk space warning at least one time in the long run When you face this you may wonder what is that eating all your C drive space and some people using SSD’s for installing Operating System. So we don’t want to waste any space on our drive just because Windows chose to store lot of temp files.

Here I am going to explain few tips which help you to recover maximum free space from the C drive on Windows.

How to recover free space in C Drive in Windows

Use Disk Clean up utility

Windows comes with in-built disk clean up utility and it is most neglected feature by the users. Frankly speaking, this is first tool you should use whenever you want to free up disk space. To use this, you need to launch Windows Explorer by right clicking on C drive and click on properties from the options. In the properties window click on Disk Clean Up button and this opens Disk Clean Up utility in Windows.


Now under Files to Delete section click on all the checkboxes like System memory error dump files, setup log files, recycle bin and more. After selecting the checkboxes click on OK and this free up disk space occupied by above files. This helps you to free more than 1 GB memory.

Delete cookies and browser cache

Cache and cookies are the temporary internet files which are stored by your browser in C drive and these files consumes little bit of drive space, so deleting these files may free up some memory. You can do this from the browser settings, every broser has their own way to clear cookies and cache.

Disable hibernation

Hibernation is the best feature if you are work for hours on your PC. It save the current state of your PC when you turn off your computer and resume from where you shut it down when you power it on again. Although this is very hand feature it consumes huge amount of your disk space. If you don’t use Hibernation feature regularly then it is best to turn it off and clear lot of used space on the disk. Let us see here how to disable hibernation.

  • Open Control Panel either searching on Start screen or pressing Win+X keys simultaneously and select Power options from Control Panel.
  • In the Power options, click on Choose what the power buttons do link present in the left pane and this take you to the system settings window.
  • In this window click on Change settings that are currently unavailable link which enable all the disabled options.
  • Scroll down and find Hibernate checkbox and uncheck it to disable hibernation in Windows.

That’s it hibernation has been disabled on your Windows PC and this saves large chunks of memory.

Remove old windows files

Microsoft will be releasing updates for Windows and whenever Windows receives an update it doesn’t delete old files but compress them and stores them separately in another folder named WinSXS located in Windows folder in C drive. This folder consumes lot of space and let us see how to free up this memory. Removing these files doesn’t affect your PC performance. Let us see here how to remove them.

  • First open Windows Explorer and right click on C drive and click on Properties from the list.
  • In the properties select General tab and click on Disk cleanup button and this will take you to the disk cleanup window.
  • In the following window click on Clean up system files button and this will open advanced disk cleanup window.
  • From the list of options enable the check box Windows update cleanup and then click on OK and this will free some space by removing old Windows update files.

These methods will free up almost more than 5 GB space without limiting the system performance and changing settings.

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