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Declutter Your PC: 5 Tips to Free Up Disk Space

Many individuals find their computers running slower and slower as time goes on. While some of this effect is simply due to hard-drive and processor experiencing wear-and-tear, it is often just as much due to the computer becoming overburdened. When this occurs, your computer will naturally slow down. This of it as putting too many items in a hiking pack.

When you have too many items, you will naturally begin to move slower. Only when you remove some of the superfluous items in the pack, can you begin to move faster. Nevertheless, remember, just like you experiencing exhaustion from carrying too much, your computer will likely never run at full speed again. Clearing the clutter will simply help return some of its former form, but cannot make a computer like new.

Tip 1: Clearing Unnecessary Files

The first thing you need to do is remove all unnecessary files. If you have categorized and organized properly, this should not be too much of a problem. Find all of your large multimedia files like movies and music. These files are often kept long after they are useful or needed. People tend to forget they have specific movies, music, or other games on their computers.

Take into account whether the media is actually useful. If you think you will want the media files again, transfer them to an external hard-drive. If not, you can delete them outright. If you do not have an external hard-drive but do not want to delete them, look into compression software (Winzip or jZip for example). These condense your files so that more room is usable while the files stay compressed.

Tip 2: Resize Pictures

Pictures that have been transferred from cameras often are far larger than is necessary. Sometimes standard files are as big as 1.5mb in size as a default. For more modern cameras and computers there are ways to change that setting. Look to your manual for details.

You can also use specific software that will allow you to edit the size of the file as it is being transferred. You can save gigabytes worth of space by lowering the pixel dimensions of your pictures to 400×300 or 600×400. You can always save the original large files onto an external hard-drive if you are concerned about losing them in the process.

Tip 3: Clear Your Registry

Many times individuals who are not computer savvy will have a plethora of unnecessary registry inputs. These slow your computer down when it is loading or attempting to begin a process. The reason being that it has to go through the processes of checking if each extension is necessary.

Files that are no longer useful, often due to improper deletion, become cumbersome to your machine. Use CCleaner or other Registry cleaners to help lessen the effects of unnecessary extensions.

Tip 4: Clearing Caches

Caches are temporary internet files that are kept for items like your website visitation preferences or saved passwords. These temporary files can build up over time, and can also house spyware and viruses that can slow down your computer. There are always options to clear your cache or temporary files in your preferences tab located in your browser.

Tip 5: Delete Properly

 Remember that software and games are not removed from your computer by simply deleting a single file or the desktop image. To remove a software or game, go to it’s uninstall option and follow its uninstallation steps. You can also go to your “Add/Remove Programs” option (Search in your Start Menu), locate the program and choose “Uninstall.” Remember to run a registry cleaner as well to make sure you removed all extensions.

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