Calculate Disk Space Wasted by Junk Files In Windows 10

While working with MDI applications like Microsoft Office, temporary files are created to facilitate select features of those programs. While printing a file, your OS swaps to disk by creating a temporary file to make room for active processes and services to use the RAM. The burning software extracts and copies files to temporary directories while you’re burning files to a DVD/ CD.

You must keep a minimum storage space free at all times in order to ensure your computer functions correctly. Lack of enough free disk space can cause the Windows or any programs to crash, display low disk space notifications and several runtime errors may also occur. Your Windows might even shut down in an abnormal and strange manner.

Deleting Junk Files

  • Double click This PC desktop shortcut or File Explorer shortcut on Windows 10 Taskbar.
  • Right click your operating system drive, choose Properties.
  • Click General > Disk CleanUp.
  • Drive analysis process may take sometime to complete as it depends on the drive’s size as well as the amount of space utilized. Once the wizard is complete, take action accordingly.

Calculating Recovering Tens of GBs of Space

Windows 10 Junk files always seem to find a way or the other to creep inside your hard disk and occupy a big amount of storage space. The only way to find and remove such irritants and recover several GBs of space (periodically) is to download a third party product that supports cleaning application-specific data. One such software is ST. The Sorcim’s ST Cleaner searches junk files in all the following categories:

  • System Cache: Cache is used to speed up computer performance, however it may accumulate junks that make your computer run slow and be sluggish.
  • Software Junks: These are the application-specific temporary files, typically stored in AppData directory in your user profile. As a default, AppData folder is hidden.
  • Web and Privacy: This list comprises of Internet cache, form fill-up data, temporary Internet files, and so on.
  • Social and Multimedia: These are the old, backup files created by social and multimedia applications installed on your machine.

Special Folders containing your Computer’s Junk

Here is a list of folders that contain a huge collection of junk files on your Windows 10:

  • C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp\
  • C:\Windows\Logs\
  • C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\
  • C:\Windows\Temp\

Delete the entire components of these folders without worrying about the computer or any software’s health.

Uninstall Unnecessary Apps

Get rid of any apps that you don’t use at all. These apps not only occupy a significant amount of your storage space, but also run in the background and keep the CPU busy for no good. Use the new Settings page or Control Panel to remove any programs that aren’t required.

Using Settings:

  • Click Start, and then Settings.
  • Click the System icon, and then Apps & Features tab.
  • Choose a program that you don’t use, click Uninstall.

Using Control Panel:

  • Press Windows Key + X; choose Control Panel.
  • Click Programs | Programs and Features.
  • Remove all unwanted apps.

Regularly Clean Recycle Bin Contents

Haul out the junk by cleaning off the contents from Recycle Bin. This will help free up a lot of space on your Windows 10 drive (typically C drive).

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