How to Free Up Space on SSD in Windows 10/8/7

Brithny updated on Jan 18, 2021 to Computer Instruction | How-to Articles

Compared with HDD, SSD enables you to enjoy faster reading and writing speed, better performance and reliability, and stronger durability. However, SSDs often have smaller storage than HDDs. In 2018, SSDs were available in sizes up to 100 TB, but less costly, 120 to 512 GB models were more common.

[Top 6 Ways] How to Free Up SSD Space in Windows 10/8/7

That is to say, the commonly used SSD is 120 to 512 GB. Because of the small size, SSD gets full easily. Most people are looking for ways to free up SSD space

  1. Fix 1. Clean Up Junk Files
  2. Fix 2. Disable System Restore
  3. Fix 3. Empty Recycle Bin
  4. Fix 4. Use Disk Cleanup
  5. Fix 5. Disable Hibernation
  6. Fix 6. Uninstall or Transfer Programs

Before you free up space on SSD, find out what's taking up space on your SSD first.

What's Eating Up SSD Space

There's nothing worse than running out of space. The following steps can help you figure out what's taking up space on your SSD in Windows 10.

Also read: How to free up a hard drive

Step 1. Go to "Start > Settings > Storage".

Step 2. In the Storage window, you’ll get a view of the space usage situations on all your drives and  partitions as shown in the image below:

view your SSD storage

Step 3. Select the SSD, often it includes C drive. Click on it to see what’s taking up the most space on the partition.

select the c drive and view

You have figured out what's taking up space on your SSD, follow the tried-and-true solutions to free up SSD space.

Solution 1. Clean Up SSD Junk Files in Windows 10/8/7

The easy and fast way to clean up junk files is to use third-party software. With reliable junk file cleanup software, you can easily remove files that are eating up your SSD space in Windows 10/8/7. EaseUS Tools is my recommendation. With this software, you can easily get rid of SSD junk files without any cost. In addition to system cleanup, this software also supports large file clean up, disk repair, and more. 

Follow the steps to clean up SSD junk files and system:

Step 1. DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS Tools M. Select "System Cleanup" on the main screen.

click system cleanup

Step 2. Select the type of junk files you want to scan and click "Analyze".

analyze junk files

Step 3. Identify and select useless files and click "Clean up" to remove those files from your PC or laptop.

click clean up to remove junk files

Solution 2. Disable System Restore to Free Up Space

System Restore is a Windows feature that can help fix certain types of crashes and other computer problems. However, it could take up much space and this approach is not very effective. If there is something wrong with your system, a system clone utility is a better choice. Here, I advise you to disable System Restore.

Step 1. Right-click "This PC" and then click "Properties".

Step 2. Select "System Protection" on the left pane.

Step 3. Select the disk you want to turn off System Protection for and click "Configure"

Step 4. Select "Disable system protection", and click "OK".

disable system restore

Solution 3. Empty Recycle Bin to Get More Free Space

As a matter of fact, deleted files often go to Recycle Bin. It will remain there until you empty the Recycle Bin or restore the file from it. It's obvious that these files are taking up your SSD and HDD space. To empty a Recycle Bin:

Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon located on your desktop and select "Empty Recycle Bin". You can also create an auto-deletion to regularly empty Recycle Bin: 

Step 1. Open Start, do a search for Task Scheduler, and press "Enter".

open task scheduler to auto empty recycle bin

Step 2. Right-click "Task Scheduler Library" and click "New Folder". Name the folder My Tasks or anything descriptive. (You want to do this to keep your tasks organized and separated from the system tasks.) Right-click the newly created folder and select Create task.

create a new task

Step 3. On the General tab, enter a name for the task, such as "Empty Windows Recycle Bin".

enter details of the task on general tab

Step 4. On the Triggers tab, click New to create an action that will trigger the task.

create a new action on the triggers tab

Step 5. For the purpose of this guide, I'll select and configure On a schedule, but you can pick from a number of trigger actions, including At log on, At startup, On an event, and more. 

put in all of your settings

If you're using the schedule option as a trigger, consider using the Weekly or Monthly option, which will give you some time to recover deleted files.

Step 6. On the Actions tab, click "New".  Then, follow the steps below:

open action tab

  • Under Settings, on Programs/script enter cmd.exe.
  • Under Settings, on Add arguments enter the following argument and click OK:
  • /c "echo Y|PowerShell.exe -NoProfile -Command Clear-RecycleBin" Then click OK to complete the task. 

click OK to finish your task settings

Once you completed the steps, the task will run automatically at the trigger condition you have configured.

Solution 4. Use Disk Cleanup to Delete Temp Files

Temp files could also occupy lots of SSD space. Using Disk Cleanup to delete various temporary files, which are no longer needed is a good idea. 

Step 1. Open "Start", search for "Disk Cleanup" and select the top result to open the experience.

Step 2. Select files that you want to delete from the C drive or other drives. Then, click the "OK" button.

free up ssd space using disk cleanup

Solution 5. Disable Hibernation in Windows 7 

Windows 7 still had the Hiberfil.sys file. The Hiberfil.sys is a hidden system file located in the root folder of the drive where Windows is installed. The Windows Kernel Power Manager creates this file when you install Windows. But it still takes up lots of space. Having Windows 7 installed on an SSD means that it will boot in seconds, so you won't need hibernation anymore. To make hibernation unavailable, follow the steps below:

Step 1. At the start, search for cmd. Right-click "Command Prompt", and then click "Run as Administrator".

Step 2. At the command prompt, type powercfg.exe /hibernate off, and then press "Enter".

Step 3. Type exit, and then press "Enter" to close the Command Prompt window.

Solution 6. Uninstall or Transfer Programs to Another Drive

If some apps or games are taking up too much space, removing apps that you don't need is another way to reclaim additional space on your device. You can uninstall them by the following steps:

Open "Settings > Apps > Apps & features". Select the app or game that you want to remove and click the "Uninstall" button.

There's a better choice, move the apps or games to another drive. You can still keep the programs and free up SSD space at the same time. To easily transfer programs to another drive, download EaseUS Todo PCTrans and follow the steps to move all wanted apps to another hard drive or partitions to save space:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans and select transfer mode

On the main screen of EaseUS Todo PCTrans, go to "App Migration" section and click "Start" to continue.

select transfer mode

Step 2. Select apps and another drive to transfer

1. Select the source partition and tick applications, programs and software (marked as "Yes") that you'd like to migrate.

2. Click triangle icon to select another drive or disk as your target device and click "Transfer" to start the migration.

Select apps to migrate

Step 3. Finish the migration process

When the transferring process finishes, click "OK" to complete.

You can restart your PC to keep all the changes, and you should be able to run your migrated apps on the other drive again.

finish app migration

You can also transfer disk space from one partition to another to solve your problem. No matter where are the partitions, you can always add space to SSD. If they are on the same disk, you can easily add space to another drive. If they are not on the same disk, you need to convert the drives to dynamic ones to add space to SSD.

Extra Tips - Extend Your Drive with EaseUS Partition Master

In addition to cleaning up space, you can extend or increase your hard drive or partition with a professional tool. EaseUS partition software is my recommendation. With it, you can easily resize, create, extend your hard drive, or SSD space with ease. Follow these steps to extend your partition.

 

Step 1: Install and launch EaseUS Partition Master

Run EaseUS Partition Master

Step 2: Partition Hard Drive

Shrink partition:

1. Right-click on a partition that you want to shrink and select "Resize/Move".

Shrink partition

2. Drag the end of the partition rightward or leftward or adjust the space by clicking the "Partition size" column. Click "OK" to continue.

Extend partition:

1. To extend partition, you need to leave unallocated space next to the target partition. If not, shrink a partition as mentioned above to leave enough unallocated space behind the target partition first.

2. Then right-click on the target partition and select "Resize/Move".

Extend partition

3. Drag the target partition handle into the unallocated space to extend partition. Click "OK" to continue.

Create partition:

1. On the main window, right-click on the unallocated space on your hard drive or external storage device and select "Create".

Create partition on unallocated space

2. Set the partition size, partition label, drive letter, file system, etc. for the new partition and click "OK" to continue.

Delete partition:

1. On the main window, right-click on the hard drive partition which you want to delete and select "Delete".

Select parittion to delete

2. Click "OK" to confirm.

Change partition drive letter:

1. Right-click the partition, and choose "Change Drive Letter".

Change Drive Letter - Step 1

2. Click the down arrow, choose a drive letter for the partition, then click "OK".

Step 3: Execute operations

Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top corner and keep all changes by clicking "Apply".

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