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How to Clean Hard Drive in Windows?

By the time your windows computer becomes slower for many reasons, but in general, if it doesn’t have a technical problem you may need to clean the hard drive to solve that problem.

After a while, the hard drive will fill up to a level where it starts to impact the computer’s performance. In this case, you need to clean it not to clear it.

Cleaning the hard drive is not like clearing it or completely wiping a hard drive. When you clean a drive, you’re only removing files and folders you don’t need.

If you want to know how to safely clean hard drive in Windows just continue reading…

How to clean hard drive in Windows?

First: With Disk Cleanup

The Disk Cleanup utility has been included with Windows starting with Windows XP.  And have been enhanced in newer versions.

To clean the hard disk with Disk Cleanup:

  • Select the Start button and type Disk Cleanup.
  • Select the Disk Cleanup app. you’ll see all of the files on your system and how much space clearing them would make available.
How to clean hard drive in Windows?
How to clean hard drive in Windows?
  • Under Files to Delete, select all boxes. These include downloaded files, temporary internet files, cache files, the Recycle Bin, and more. You can delete all of these files without hurting your Windows system at all.

  • Select OK to begin the cleanup process.
  • Now the tool will clean all unnecessary files and close automatically after that.

second: Use Storage Settings and Storage Sense

  • You don’t need to Clean up the disk every day or every week, but at least clear Recycle Bin, temporary internet files, and downloaded files on a regular basis.
  • If you are using Windows 10, then you have access to a utility called Storage Sense where you can do this in a more sophisticated way.
  • From Start button type Settings, In the Windows Settings window, select System.
  • From the left menu, select Storage to see your device your storage.
  • Now, you will see how your storage is currently being used and areas where you can clean your hard disk and free up space.

  • You’ll see the area that uses the most space at the top of the list. Select each of these to delete unnecessary files there.
  • One area you should check often in this list is Temporary files. It may take a few minutes to load, but this contains things like the Recycle Bin, temporary internet files, Windows upgrade log files, and more.

  • Select the boxes to the left of the items in the Temporary Files list and select Remove files at the top to clean all of these areas of your hard drive.

  • Back on the Storage screen, select Configure Storage Sense or run it now.

  • Set the toggle under Storage Sense to On. Select the checkbox under Temporary files, and select the frequency you’d like your Recycle Bin and Downloads folder to be cleaned automatically.

  • When you’re finished adjusting the Storage Sense settings, you can select Clean now or you can close out of the window to let the system take over according to the settings you selected.
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