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Tips to free up drive space on your PC

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Give your hard drive a spring clean

If you get a message that your PC or laptop is running out of space, it can be a stressful event, especially if you are in the middle of something important. Over time, as we browse the web, get emails or backup photos from our phones, our computers fill up. For those who are not aware, the storage part inside your computer is called the hard drive or the solid state drive. We'll call them both a "drive" for now. [Which drive is right for me - hard drive or solid state drive]

It is possible to upgrade that part of the computer so that you can fit more photos, or apps. But a lot of the time it's not necessary to upgrade. Some of the files on your current drive can be deleted without any issues, and in some cases there may be temporary files on your drive which take up many gigabytes of space.

This guide will help you clean up some space on your computer's drive. If after following this guide you still encounter issues with space, or if you would like to upgrade your drive to a Solid State Drive, just pop down to your nearest SimplyFixIt Repair Centre and we'll fix that for you.

In order to get the most from this guide you should follow the instructions in the order that they appear.

Check the current space on your PC

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Use Disk Cleanup

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Uninstall applications that you no longer need

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Archive or Delete files that you no longer use

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