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how to clean up unwanted files on your computer? Answered

i need to make room on my computer i am running out of space i need to clean up my computer to make more space how would i do that?

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DavidJ386

2 years ago

Unwanted
files can unnecessary use space on your computer, which reduces its efficiency
and makes the computer slow to use. If we want to completely erase our old
data, it can be done with the help of BitRaser
data deletion software. Before using this software, always take backup of our
old data.

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Vyger

2 years ago

Well, first you really shouldn't keep files on your computer. The extra paper could cause it to get to hot. And when the cat jumps up there they will knock all the files off. Best solution is a good paper shredder to get rid of the stuff you really don't need and a file cabinet for the ones you want to keep. And to clean up use a shop vac to clean up the fans.

By the way, if its a computer hard rive your talking about just get a bigger drive. Chance are good if your drive is small your computer is old and out of date and the drive should be replaced anyway before it fails.

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seandogue

2 years ago

unwanted? manually review and delete undesired files until you achieve the space you require.

Unwanted in place but want to save? Buy a few multi gig sticks (I have an 8 and a 32...) and dump what you need to the stick(s) to achieve space, or purchase a backup drive and do the same. I used to use stick, but now I have an inexpensive (~$130) 5Tb external drive I use for archiving, as my file load has grown exponentially over the past 4 years

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iceng

2 years ago

De-fragmenting your drive is a good idea every 3 or 4 months.

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ThirdEarthDesign

2 years ago

Would help to know what the total capacity of your hard disk drive is, how much free space you currently have and what operating system you are using (I'm guessing we are talking about Windows, so probably Win 7, 8 or 10?).

First of all we need to know what's using the space (typically photos, videos and music are the culprits, though sometimes temporary files can use a fair bit too!).

You can use the 'Disk Cleanup' tool to remove temp and un-necessary files, launch this by typing "cleanup" in the windows search box (on Windows 7 and older it can be located under Programs>>Accessories>>System Tools).

You can manually delete more temp files, the two most common locations are 'C:\Windows\Temp' and '%USERPROFILE%\appdata\local\temp' (you can delete the contents of both these folders, skipping any files in use).

As an alternative to the manual method above you can use a third-party tool such as Piriform's CCleaner.

Start with the above and see how you go, it's hard to give a one-size fits all answer as each situation is different but this is a place to start.