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How Much Disk Space Does Windows 10 Take [Full Explanation]

Ever wondered why there is so much space taken even if you haven't installed an application on Windows? It's because of the OS. In this post, we will share how you can find out how much space does Windows 10 take.

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Updated by Cici on Jan 12, 2024

Managing space on a Windows 10 computer can occasionally become difficult. Sometimes, it might require up to 30 GB of storage by an operating system that initially required less space. So, in this article, EaseUS will talk about some of the leading causes of why Windows takes so much disk space. Additionally, you will get some advice on how to manage your disk space.

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✔️How Much Disk Space Does Windows 10 Take

✔️What Is the Ideal Disk Space for Windows 10

✔️How to Reduce Disk Space in Windows 10

How Much Disk Space Does Windows 10 Take?

Are you still curious about how much space Windows 10 consumes? The disk driver of your PC periodically creates restore points while saving temporary files and old Windows data. As a result, everything adds up to the total amount of space needed to run Windows 10.

  • For a 64-bit operating system, installing the Windows 10 operating system typically requires 20 GB of free storage.
  • And if you are using a 32-bit operating system, it just uses 16 GB of free storage.

So, after installing Windows 10 from scratch, you can expect to have about 30 GB of free storage available. Now that Windows 10 is used more frequently, it periodically creates restore points while saving temporary files and older Windows data. As a result, everything adds up to the total amount of space needed to run Windows 10.

So, you can analyze disk space on your Windows PC via the free disk space analyzer: EaseUS Partition Master. The free version of EaseUS Partition Master is a fantastic disk management application. To check disc space consumption, it provides the Space Analyzer feature. It features a better-integrated user interface and gives users a selection of alternatives, including: 

  • Determining the hidden space's size
  • Searching for duplicate files
  • Directly deletes files
  • Shows the proportion of space that is occupied

Here is how to use this tool to see how much disk space Windows 10 take:

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master and turn to Discovery. Find and Download Space Analyzer below Frequently Used Tools.

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Step 2. In the Space Analyzer pop-up window, select the target disk to be analyzed and click Analyze in the upper right corner.

click analyze

Step 3. Wait a while, and you will see the detailed data. You can click on Folder/File to view different data types and click on the small folder icon to see more information inside the file.

view the detailed data

EaseUS Partition Master is also amongst the top Windows 10 disk space analyzers. After examining the Windows 10 disk space, you can carry out activities like changing or removing.

What Is the Ideal Disk Space for Windows 10?

If you are unsure how much space Windows consumes, remember that it relies entirely on the user. A 500 GB HDD will work perfectly fine for Windows 10. It is the best choice for the vast majority of people who wish to use their Windows PC for general purposes. This includes using office programs, online browsing, and even playing short video games. On the other hand, a minimum of 1 TB of HDD is a necessity if you work on storage-intensive projects like 4K video editing or to retain several game titles.

In the next part, we will discuss how to reduce disk space on your Windows 10 PC. If you like this passage, you can click the social buttons below to share it with others in need.


How to Reduce Disk Space in Windows 10?

Windows 10 will inevitably grow bigger and bigger as time goes on. So here, we will offer some practical tips for minimizing the amount of hard disk space that Windows 10 consumes. Given below are solutions to extend or free up disk space:

Extend System Partition

Extending system partition, as the name implies, enlarges the system as a whole. However, the HDD must have an unallocated storage space to carry out the process effectively. Remember that the unallocated area must always be close to the partition you intend to enlarge. Follow the procedures below to extend the partition effectively. Here we will be using the EaseUS Partition Master tool.

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Option 1. Extend System C drive with unallocated space

  1. 1. Right-click on the System C: drive and select "Resize/Move".
  2. 2. Drag the system partition end into the unallocated space so to add it to the C: drive. And click "OK". 
  3. 3. Click "Execute Task" and "Apply" to execute the operations and extend the C drive.

Option 2. Extend System C drive without unallocated space

  1. 1. Right-click a big partition with enough free space on the system disk, select "Allocate Space".
  2. 2. Select the system drive at the Allocate Space From (*) To section, and drag the end of System C drive into the unallocated space. Click "OK" to confirm.
  3. 3. Click "Execute Task", it will list the pending operations, and click "Apply" to save the changes and extend the C drive.

0:00-0:26 Extend System Drive with Unallocated Space; 0:27-0:58 Extend System Drive without Unallocated Space.

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Whatever needs you to have, you can use EaseUS Partition Master to help you. Download it and try it for free:

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Turn off Hibernation

Here we need to turn off hibernation via Windows Terminal. Here is how to:

Step 1. Open Windows Terminal as an administrator.

Step 2. To stop hibernation, copy & paste the command below and hit Enter:

Turn off hibernation from the command line

Turn off System Restore

This is how you turn off system restore:

Step 1. Open File Explorer, right-click and choose the Properties option from the context menu.

Step 2. Scroll down and click on the System Protection link next to Related Links.

Step 3. Click the Local Disk (C:) (System) option and the Configure button below in the System Properties windows.

Step 4. Click the radio button next to Disable system protection in the next window. Click Apply, and then OK to turn off system restore.

Turn Off System Restore

Reduce Virtual Memory Size

You can reduce the virtual memory size to free up your PC's disk space. Here is how you do it:

Step 1. Right-click on This PC > Properties > Advanced system settings.

Advanced System Settings

Step 2. Select the Settings button from the Performance section. Click the Advanced tab in the Performance Options box, then click the Change button next to Virtual Memory.

Change Performance Settings Windows

Step 3. In the Virtual Memory window, click the radio button next to Automatically manage paging file size for all drives to disable it. You can make any changes and click OK to save the changes.

Disable Automatic Paging management

Delete Temporary Files and Windows.old Folder

Windows will automatically save the information from the previous system to a folder called Windows.old when the system is updated. But if you do not need to use that folder and Windows 10 needs more space, you can delete Windows.old folder to make room. Additionally, Windows can sometimes load some temporary files automatically. By removing these unnecessary files, Windows will resume its usual operation.

Note: After ten days, the Windows.old folder will be erased automatically. Let us now move on to you how to delete these temporary files.

Step 1. Open Settings > Storage > Temporary files.

Step 2. Click the Remove Files button to delete the temporary files.

Remove Files from temporary storage


What amount of storage does Windows 10 require? In this guide, you can learn how to analyze disk space Windows 10. If you want to update to Windows 10 Version 1903, which needs more space than Windows 10 Version 1809, you can expand the system partition using the abovementioned techniques. Sadly, nothing suggests that this size restriction will change soon. Furthermore, even if your device has more storage, you can still have trouble saving more than 4GB even if you eliminate more applications, remove bloatware, clean out your temporary files, etc.

Therefore, you now know how to resize a partition in Windows 10. EaseUS Partition Master is your best option if you are starting. You can use the EaseUS partition master to check hard disk space and extend hard drive space.

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FAQs About How Much Disk Space Windows 10 Take

Do you have further questions about how much space Windows 10 takes? View the following frequently asked questions and their answers:

1. Is 256GB SSD space enough for Windows 10?

A 256GB SSD will typically be large enough to accommodate your essential apps and everyday data. However, suppose you want to utilize the 256GB SSD laptop for demanding tasks like gaming, photo or video editing, or anything else. In that case, this amount of storage will not be enough for you.

2. How much space does Windows 11 take on SSD?

Devices must meet the following minimum hardware specifications to install or upgrade to Windows 11: Processor: A system on a chip (SoC) or processor running at one gigahertz (GHz) or faster with two or more cores. Memory: 4 GB or more is required—storage: 64 GB of free disk space or more.

3. How to check how much hard drive space I have?

Check out the steps given below to check how much hard drive space you have on your Windows 10 PC:

Step 1. Open File Explorer.

Step 2. Click on This PC on the left pane.

Step 3. You can find the free space on your hard drive under Devices and Drives.

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Updated by Cici

Cici is the junior editor of the writing team of EaseUS. She accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS for over one year. Now, she wrote a lot of professional articles to help people resolve the issues of hard drive corruption, computer boot errors, and disk partition problems.

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