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Free Up Disk Space in Windows 11 Can Be Easy Enough Now

Updated by Daisy on Jul 08, 2021
Written by Brithny

It can be very stressful if your PC is running out of room in Windows 11. The good news is that you can free up disk space on your PC with the following solutions.

  1. 1. Empty Recycle Bin
  2. 2. Use Disk Cleanup Tool
  3. 3. Enable Storage Sense
  4. 4. Clean Up Junk Files with Software
  5. 5. Uninstall Applications You No Longer Need

How Much Space Does Windows 11 Take

You are unable to install important Windows updates if your computer is running low on free disk space. Before you free up disk space, you must know how much space does it take in Windows 11. When you are going to install windows 11 setup on your desktop or laptop it takes about 27 GB of space. 

If you have installed Windows 11, you can find what is eating up your disk space in Windows 11 by the following steps.

Step 1. Select the Start button, and then select "Settings".

check your Windows 11 disk space -1

Step 2. Navigate to "System > Storage", and you can see what is eating up your disk space.

check disk space in Windows 11 - 2

How to Free up Drive Space in Windows 11

It's always important to make sure that your disk doesn't run out of space. Resetting your PC might help, but you may lose other stuff. Thus, follow the solutions below to free up disk space in Windows 11.

Method 1. Empty Recycle Bin

When you are deleting files, Windows 11 does not erase them from the hard drive. Instead, they are placed inside the Recycle Bin in case you need them back. However, depending on how the feature is configured, over time, the Recycle Bin can take a lot of space. Therefore, emptying the bin is the first action you should take to regain valuable storage space.

Step 1. On the desktop, right-click the recycle bin icon.

open Windows 11 recycle bin

Step 2. Select "Empty Recycle Bin" and click "OK".

empty recycle bin in Windows 11

Once you complete the steps, the system will free up around ten percent of the drive capacity (assuming the Recycle Bin is at capacity).

Method 2. Use Disk Cleanup Tool

You can also free up space using the legacy Disk Cleanup tool. It's a Windows 11 built-in tool that frees up drive space and helps it run better. It is one of the easiest ways to clean up files. To use Disk Cleanup, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Select the Start button, type disk cleanup, then select "Disk Cleanup" from the list of results.

open disk clen up in Windows 11

Step 2. Check all the contents you want to clear. For example:

  • Downloaded Program Files
  • Temporary Internet Files
  • Delivery Optimization Files
  • DirectX Shader Cache
  • Recycle Bin...

free up disk space in Windows 11 with disk clean up tool

Step 3. Select the types of files to delete, select "OK", and then select "Delete files" in the confirmation window to start the cleanup process.

Once you complete the steps, those unnecessary files will be removed from the computer to freeing up the hard drive space.

Method 3. Enable Storage Sense

Windows 11 comes with a built-in tool called Storage Sense. Although you can use Storage Sense manually, you can also enable the feature to run maintenance automatically to prevent running out of space quickly. To set up Storage Sense to run automatically, use these steps:

Step 1. Select the Start button, and then click "Settings".

Step 2. Navigate to System > Storage and turn on "Storage sense".

turn on storage sense in Windows 11

Step 3. Select "Configure Storage sense", then select or clear the checkboxes for options under Temporary Files and Locally available cloud content. You can also use the "Run Storage Sense" drop-down menu and select the best option for your situation.

run storage sense to free up windows 11 space

Once you complete the steps, Storage Sense will run automatically at the schedule you specified.

Method 4. Clean Up Junk Files with Software

If you have difficulty determining which files should be deleted and which should not, you can choose third-party disk cleanup software. EaseUS CleanGenius is my recommendation. With this software, you can easily free up disk space without any cost. Follow the steps to free up disk space in Windows 11.

Step 1. DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS CleanGenius on your PC. To begin with, navigate to "Cleanup" and click "Scan".

clean up system step 1

Step 2. EaseUS CleanGenius will start immediately to scan all the useless files, select system junk files and invalid entries and click "Clean" over all your PC.

clean up system step 2

Step 3. Once completes, you can see clearly how many MBs or GBs of data that are cleaned. Click "Done" to finish the process.

clean up system step 3

Method 5. Uninstall Applications You No Longer Need

Another effective way to reclaim storage space is to uninstall apps you no longer need or rarely use. To uninstall applications in Windows 11, use the steps below.

Step 1. Select the Start button, type Control Panel, then select "Control Panel" from the list of results.

Step 2. Under the Programs, select "Uninstall a program".

uninstall applications in Windows 11 - 1

Step 3. Right-click the program and click "Uninstall".

uninstall applications in Windows 11 - 2

Once you complete the steps, repeat the same instructions to remove additional programs and games from your device. You can also use software to uninstall applications if you don't like the manual way.

Bounus Tip - Add Free Space to Your Drive in Windows 11

There's nothing worse than running out of space, especially the drive C. If your C drive is almost full of space, how can you add free space to C drive from D drive, E drive, or F drive? All you need is EaseUS Partition Master which is an all-in-one disk management tool. It can add free space from other drives to C drive with or without unallocated space. The only condition is that these partitions must on the same disk. Follow the steps below to add free space to the wanted drive to increase your partition space.

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Step 1. Right-click on the D: partition with enough free space and select "Allocate Space".

Select partition to allocate space

Step 2. Select the target partition - C: drive and drag the partition panel rightward to add the free space from D: drive to C: drive. Then click "OK" to confirm.

Allocate space to extend partition

Step 3. Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to start the process of moving free space from D: drive to C: drive.

finish extending partition

Conclusion

You have learned five ways to configure Windows 11 to free up disk space and improve performance. If you find any error or any extra tip, you can contact us through Live Chat or email.

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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Brithny

Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech life easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. On her spare time, she loves sharing things about her favorite singer - Taylor Swift on her Facebook or Twitter.

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