Join Laura Bungarz for an in-depth discussion in this video Checking for free space on your hard drive, part of Speeding Up Your Home PC for Beginners.
You might have a small hard drive…and maybe you're wondering if you're out of space.…Maybe you tried to put something in…and it told you there wasn't enough room on the hard drive.…Well how do you know how much room you have left?…How do you figure out if you maybe need…to get a new hard drive or get a bigger hard drive.…Or do I need to remove some stuff or backup the pictures…of my vacation to Hawaii?…What do I need to do?…So what I want you to do is click on the file folder…on the task bar and what you're gonna see is…at the bottom here is says devices and drives.…So it's gonna show me the different drives on my computer.…
So C is where Windows typically hangs out…and what I want you to do is right click…and go to properties, click on it.…And what you get is a little pie graph.…And the pie graph shows you how much space you have.…Used space is blue and purplely pink space is free.…So this is a huge hard drive.…It's almost one terabyte of space and it's barely used.…We've only used less than 100 gigabytes here.…
- Cleaning the desktop
- Organizing files with folders
- Using Disk Cleanup, msconfig, and Disk Defragmenter
- Freeing up disk space
- Buying and installing RAM
- Upgrading your computer
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: Can I defragment a solid-state hard drive?
<div>A: It is not recommended to defragment a solid state drive (SSD). If you are confused about whether or not you have a solid state drive verses a standard hard drive there are a few ways to check. One way is to simply go into the Control Panel through your Start menu and go to the Device Manager. Look for the Disk Drive option, click the little plus (+) sign to the left of it and check the name of the hard drive listed. If it doesn't say outright one way or the other a simple Google search of the name of the hard drive will provide you with the information you need. </div> <div> </div> <div>Another way to find it is by simply going into Computer or My Computer and right-clicking on your hard drive, probably C:. Under the Hardware tab it will tell you what type of hard drive you have. Again, if you're still unsure, do a simply Google search to find the information you need. </div> <div> </div>