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How to Free Up Disk Space for Gaming?

Updated by Roxanne on Sep 22, 2022

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Resize Disk Space with EaseUS Partition Master Step 1: Locate the drive/partition; Step 2: Resize or move the partition; Step 3: Apply changes...Full steps
Method 2. Use Windows Disk Cleanup

Option A: Step 1. Click on the Start button and type Disc Cleanup in the box. Open the app; Step 2. Select the disc drive...Full steps

Option B: Step 1. Open your C Drive; Step 2. Right-click and click Properties; Step 3. In the General card...Full steps

Method 3. Uninstall Unnecessary Apps and Big Files Step 1. In the Start menu search and select Control Panel; Step 2. Click on Programs > Programs and Features...Full steps
Method 4. Use Extra Device to Add Space External hard drives would be perfect for you in cases, for example, you have a lot of games you don't play but you're just...Full steps

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Have you noticed that your game is lagging and that gaming is not as enjoyable as it used to be?

You're probably already thinking of buying a new gaming PC, but what if I told you that you can speed up your PC by simply freeing up your disk space!

Let's see why and how you can do it!

Why Freeing Up Disk Space for Gaming is Important

"How much disk space do you need for gaming?", you wonder, and how is it that your perfectly good gaming PC isn't so perfectly good anymore.

Well, every new system update, every new game installed and forgotten, every new meme downloaded take up your space and slow down your PC.

And the fuller the disc memory, the slower and less enjoyable the gaming experience will be.

So freeing up your disk space for gaming is important, for one, because it will make your gaming much smoother.

No lagging, no lost games because your character starts moving with a delay, no lost chances to act.

Furthermore, when you free up the disc space, you will be able to install MORE games to play without having to sacrifice and uninstall that one game that you're just getting into.

I know, this sounds a bit contradictory – free up the disc space so that you don't have to free up the disc space. But I'm sure you have some old files and programs you can delete, right?

Well, let's see how!

How to Free Up Disk Space for Gaming

Now that you know the whys, let's take a look at the how. We'll go through 4 simplest methods that you can do right now!

Method 1. Resize Disk Space with EaseUS Partition Master

The best thing you can do for your gaming PC is to resize your disk space with software.

Why?

Because C: drive is where your operating system and other important files that make your PC run smoothly are stored, and with every single system update, you're losing space.

Now, there are some free options from Microsoft but they are rather difficult and certainly not for everyone.

On the other hand, EaseUS Partition Master is the simplest and best option on the market, with features that will help your gaming PC run like a clock.

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Resize/Move function in particular is what you will need to adjust your partition size and use your disk space to the fullest.

Step 1: Locate and select the target drive/partition

Launch EaseUS Partition Master and go to Partition Manager, select the target drive/partition to adjust its size, right-click on it and choose "Resize/Move".

choose the partition

Step 2: Resize or move the partition

1.To shrink the partition, simply drag one of its ends to free up unallocated space. Once done, click "OK". 

drag the mouse leftwards to resize partition

2. To extend the partition, make sure that there is unallocated space aside (if there isn't, follow the above steps to create some). In the same way, drag your mouse into the unallocated space. Click "OK".

drag the mouse leftwards to resize partition

3. To move a partition position, you need to leave unallocated space next to the target partition. If no, free up some unallocated space first.

Right-click the target partition, select "Reize/Move". Then drag the whole partition leftward or rightward to adjust its position. Click "OK" to confirm. 

drag the mouse leftwards to resize partition

Step 3: Confirm the result and apply changes

At this step, you will see the new disk partition information & diagram.

disk partition information after resizing

To save changes, click the "Execute Task" button and then "Apply".

apply changes to the partition

Some other things that you will be able to do with EaseUS Partition Master are:

Method 2. Use Windows Disk Cleanup

Using Windows Disk Cleanup is another simple way to free up the space on your gaming PC.

You have several options for accessing Windows disc cleanup, each simpler than the last.

Option A

Step 1. Click on the Start button and type Disc Cleanup in the box. Open the app.

windows disc cleanup instructions

Step 2. Select the disc drive you want to free up and click OK.

Option B

Step 1. Open your C Drive.

Step 2. Right-click and click Properties.

Step 3. In the General card, find and click on Disc Cleanup.

disc cleanup

Following both options will open a window from which you will be able to check what you want included in the clean-up and what can stay.

windows disc cleanup

Method 3. Uninstall Unnecessary Apps and Big Files

Face it, you will never watch that movie, and that whole bunch of other movies you keep in a folder that grew to be over 60GB.

Time to say goodbye to unnecessary apps and files!

Step 1. In the Start menu search and select Control Panel.

Step 2. Click on Programs > Programs and Features.

Step 3. Choose a program you no longer need and uninstall it.

To find big files:

Step 1. Open This PC.

Step 2. In the search bar, type size: huge.

From there on, you can sort the files by size and delete the largest ones that you don't need or use.

Method 4. Use Extra Device to Add Space

I know it's sometimes hard to part with programs and files you hope to use one day, so if cleaning up the disc space or uninstalling/deleting programs and files is not an option, it might be time to take a look at additional storage options.

external hard drive

The two most popular options would have to be:

  1. 1. External Hard Drive and
  2. 2. Cloud Storage

External hard drives would be perfect for you in cases, for example, you have a lot of games you don't play but you're just not ready to delete.

Most gaming PCs have ports for additional hard drives, so attaching one to your PC won't be a challenge.

The other option is Microsoft's OneDrive, which you can use to store your files on the internet.

What Are The Benefits of Freeing Up Disk Space for Gaming

As we mentioned in the beginning, freeing up disk space will not only make your PC run smoother, but you will notice a significant improvement in your gaming experience too.

The game will not lag, your FPS will be higher, and you will probably be able to improve the graphics settings a bit!

Conclusion

Freeing up your disc space regularly will not only bring your gaming experience to a new, smoother level, but it will also remove the dread of that horrible "Your disc space running low" message that we all dread seeing.

We hope that the steps and methods listed above helped you find some long-forgotten things you didn't even know you still had saved and that your gaming will be as delightful as ever!

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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