How to free up space on your computer

1) First, scan your disc with one of these:

TDP x-Ray Lite
http://www.tdp.cz/downloads/en/xray-lite

tdpxrayitlite

SpaceSniffer
http://www.uderzo.it/main_products/space_sniffer/features.html

(Run as Admin)

spacesniffer

Both will show you which folders and files occupy the most space.
There are many other alternatives eg. WinDirStat.

Delete the largest files which are worthless to you. Do not delete system files.

2) Find duplicate files with Duplicate Cleaner

https://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk/dcscreens.html

Run it per folder tree, de-duplicating whole drive could take forever (eg. run it just for your music folders, movies, etc folders separately)

duplicate_cleaner

The free version does not support image de-duplication (looking for similar images). For those use one of these:

Image Deduplicator
http://ziin.pl/en/image_deduplicator

AntiDupl.NET (official website looks crap, but software is solid)
http://antidupl.sourceforge.net/data/help/english/index.html

3) Use Windows Disc Cleanup to delete no longer needed files

windows-8-disk-cleanup

4) Motivate yourself to cleanup Chrome bookmarks

bmstats

5) Uninstall programs you have not used for a while

uninstall-application-from-windows-10

6) run CCleaner

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7) Convert video to HEVC (x265/h265) with Handbrake

(Warning: Time/CPU consuming)
https://handbrake.fr/

handbrake

How to:
http://www.techspot.com/article/1131-hevc-h256-enconding-playback/page4.html

x265hevcrozdil

Takes a lot of CPU, however space reduction is great. Here I went from 5GB to 2.4GB.

8) Convert music to mp3 with JetAudio

http://www.jetaudio.com/products/jetaudio/

or with any other music converter eg. dBpoweramp
https://www.dbpoweramp.com/

jetaudio-convert

Which music format and what bitrate you ask?
Go with MP3 for sure. It is the most common format and it is supported everywhere.
As for the bitrate, Jeff Atwood made an experiment on that and results were following:

192kbps variable bit rate encoding do indeed provide a safe, optimal aural bang for the byte

9) Convert/Optimize images (also pdf, html, etc)

Use FileOptimizer
It is the best one according to http://www.creativebloq.com/design/image-compression-tools-1132865/3

fileoptimizer_description

Be sure to check what is getting removed from images (eg. EXIF gps coordinates, timestamps, etc).

fileoptimizer_attribs fileoptimizer_meta

Other platforms:
https://imageoptim.com/versions.html

10) Use WinRar to compress folders and files

How to use WinRar implicit profile for easy compression

winrar default

11) Clean temporary files of Steam/GOG/Origin…

Delete contents of C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Steam\htmlcache

And use https://github.com/Codeusa/SteamCleaner/releases/ to cleanup the rest

XY) do a clean OS installation

Clean slate, right?

windows-installer

 

Got more tips on how to free up space? Share with us in the comments.

 

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