Windows 10: Freeing up space in Windows (C:)

  1.    28 Feb 2017 #1

    Freeing up space in Windows (C:)


    I am getting errors saying that I do not have any storage left, so I looked and my windows (C) drive is full ( 665MB free of 118 GB) but my DATA (D) drive still has a lot of storage space (876 GB free of 913 GB). I have changed the defaults to now save new things to (D) but I still need to move some things out of (C). I am worried that if I just drag and drop certain things from (C) to (D) I might lose something. I just want to make sure that it is safe before I mess something up. Any help/advice is appreciated.

    Thanks
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 8,591
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       28 Feb 2017 #2

    Welcome to TenForums @emorymcdougald

    One thing you could easily move from C: to D: is your pagefile, it's normally at least as large as your installed memory. Go to Control Panel\System and Security\System and click Advanced system settings. Create a system managed page file on D: and set 'none' on C: (you may need a reboot). More in this Tutorial.
    Virtual Memory Pagefile - Manage in Windows 10

    Then you can have a look at what's using up the space on C: - if you haven't done so already, run Disk Clean-up and click its 'Clean up system files' button. Amongst other things, you'll probably find a lot of space can be released by cleaning 'Windows updates'.
    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use in Windows 10

    Those two actions should regain several GB on C: - if that's not enough for you at least it will give you breathing space to move other things at your leisure.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    28 Feb 2017 #3

    I'm going to assume that your C drive is an SSD. If so, this would be a great time to upgrade to a larger one. You can find 256 GB ones very cheap, and even get a great deal on a 500-512 GB, if you wanted to jump t that size.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    28 Feb 2017 #4

    You can move your personal files, (ie) Pictures, Music, Documents etc to the D: drive. This should free up a lot of space.
    Go to Start/Search and type diskmgmt.msc, Right click the diskmgmt results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Disk Management window, in the lower pane, attach a screenshot in your next post.
    If C: and D: are on the same disk (ie) Disk 0, Disk 1 etc, you may be able to increase the size of C: by using some of the D: drives space. If they are separate drives, then consider getting a larger SSD drive as suggested.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

Related Threads
Solved Office 365 home, freeing up an installation in Microsoft Office and 365
we have office 365 home. I know you can install it on 5 different machines. Currently we have it on two machines. One of which I am thinking of selling. So if I uninstall office on this machine will that free up a slot or is the fact I installed it...
I have a lot of photos on Dropbox and wanted to switch them over to OneDrive, as my Dropbox was full and I have unlimited OneDrive space so I may as well utilize it, but after moving everything over, all the photos are showing up in the OneDrive...
Solved New PC not enough space for Windows 10? in Installation and Upgrade
Hi all, Just bought a new laptop for my wife, it's an HP Stream 11. Cheap and cheerful but apparently pretty good for the price, and it is suitable for her light needs, basically web browsing and some light document work, word processing etc. ...
Solved Windows needs more space on upgrade in Installation and Upgrade
Hi, So I was going to upgrade to Win10 today on my laptop but I received a message about Windows needing more space on my disk drive. 8.1 is installed on my C:\, a 64Go SSD, of which 45Go is available, but only 5Go is free and Windows wants...
I have a 2 terrabyte HD as a backup/file server in my machine. My C drive is a 500 gig SSD. I partitioned the HD and left 625 gigs for Win10. I originally had a problem because my BIOS was not set to Legacy, but I fixed that. NOW the install...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:09.
Find Us