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.

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       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.
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  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.
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  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.
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