No matter how many times you upgrade to a newer, bigger, better hard drive, it seems that before too long, even the new ones are running out of space and causing you a lot of frustration when trying to stream or download content or play games. You may even begin to have troubles just browsing the internet or playing already downloaded songs.

There are several different things you can do to free up space on your hard drive that don’t require you to be a computer programmer. Most of the time, trying a few of these tricks will get your hard drive space issues all cleared up so your computer can start running optimally once again.

One thing to keep in mind is that you should always run the DriverAssist program. This program scans your computer for drivers that help your computer run better and faster. When the program finds drivers that you need, you will have the option to review what was found and decide whether to install them or not. Sometimes, you may think you have a hard drive issue when you just needed to update some drivers.

  1. Running disk cleanup is super easy because it is a built-in tool for Windows computers. This program deletes temporary files and insignificant data. You can access this easily by right clicking on your hard drive icon and clicking on properties, or search for it in the start menu. Don’t worry though, when you start the disk cleanup, you will be asked what files you want to get rid of, it doesn’t just purge everything.
  1. Go through your applications and anything that is taking up a ton of space that you never use or haven’t even ever heard of, go ahead and uninstall. Anything that is vital to making your computer operate will give you a warning message before uninstall to give you a chance to back out of the uninstallation process.
  1. There are a few different programs that can be used to analyze disk space if you are looking to dig deep into your space and storage issue on your hard drive. These programs will scan your hard drive and let you know what types of files and applications are taking up the most space.
  1. Your system restore is a tool that is helpful if you need to set your computer back to a prior date, because depending on how you have it set up, you can go back to several different days. This takes up a lot of space because your computer is storing several versions of itself essentially. Strategize what kind of system restore backups you need and reduce the amount of options you have, this way you will free up invaluable space on your hard drive.
  1. If all else fails and you desperately need more space there are a few tactics that you can use but are never recommended. Disable Hibernation and Disable System Restore. Both options should be used as a last resort and you are probably better off upgrading your hard drive to something with more space than doing either of those options