What to do when you're running out of space


Think about what your computer is eating!

Computers will always run slower if they are trying to digest a 200 Gigabyte-sized digital burger. That’s like you going for a 10-course degustation straight after an all-you-can-eat ribs buffet. It doesn’t make sense. If your computer is full, how do you expect it to eat anymore?

We can give you the preferences for systems like; Microsoft recommends a minimum of 16GB of hard disk space for 32-bit OS or 20GB for 64-bit OS. This is all well and good, but do you actually understand what that means? Wouldn’t it be better if you had the best tips for dealing with running out of space?...

Just a helpful tip before we start. A hard drive that’s 80% full will drastically affect the performance of your machine. That’s right, it doesn’t even need to be full full!

First, the culprits. This isn’t all of the usual suspects, but it is definitely the main ones.

  • Windows Updates
  • System Restore
  • Windows Temp folders
  • Recycle Bin
  • Program Installers (these guys hide in your download folder)


Here are the best tips to de-clutter your computer and increase its performance – in order words – make it faster!


Step 1: Empty Your Trash

This will seem like a no-brainer to most people reading this. Don’t forget to dump file-filled bin in the corner of your screen.


Step 2: Dump Your Download Folder

It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a Mac or a PC. Download folders are like little cities. Remember the CV you uploaded for your first part-time job? Or maybe a version of Coral Paint that you used once and forgot about it? Well, they are all stored in your Download Folder wrecking your machine. Get into the routine of clearing it out on a regular basis.


Step 3: Eliminate One-Time Files

Your photos, videos, memes to friends. You may look at them once and then upload them to Facebook. They don’t need to stay on your computer. Stick them on an external hard drive and clear your comp!


Step 4: Clean Up Your Cloud Storage

Cloud storage is a great tool for people to access their data wherever they go. But if left unchecked, it can chew up space on your computer. Go into your cloud storage and eliminate files you don’t need anymore, (which should be most if you have listened to the top tip in Step 3). 


Step 5: Audit Your Entire Computer

Find a computer auditing tool. We recommend AVG TuneUp to audit your entire computer, but there are heaps to choose from. Scan your hard drives and look at where everything is being stored, see what files are taking up the most space, then take action. Back them up and bin them off. 

Check out: https://www.avg.com/en-nz/tuneup-utilities


Hope this helps you give your computer a healthier lifestyle and stop you from throwing it out of the window. 

Now, if you’re a business with multiple computers these top tips will work but there are a lot more things you need to be aware of to make sure your data is safe and your business is running at maximum productivity. Give us a call on 09 588 4065 or email John@prop-it.nz and we can arrange a FREE tech health check for you.