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Running Short of Disk Space on your Windows 10 Computer?

April 14, 2021

It's a problem all of us will face at some point—a lack of disk space.

No matter how big disks get, the amount of data we accumulate seems to keep on growing.

Without free disk space, you might find that your computer runs slower than expected. This may also cause issues with application updates and security fixes as there may not be enough space to download and install them.

There are, however, a few things you can quickly check. 

It's a misconception held by many that cloud-based storage doesn't use local disk space. Most services keep a copy of everything in cloud-based storage on the local hard drive to speed up access. The good news is, in most cases, you can change this behaviour.

If you are using Microsoft OneDrive, you might find turning on "OneDrive On-Demand" will free up the required disk space. You can find out more here;
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/save-disk-space-with-onedrive-files-on-demand-for-windows-10-0e6860d3-d9f3-4971-b321-7092438fb38e

If you are using DropBox, you might find turning on "DropBox Smart Sync" will free up the required disk space. You can find out more here;
https://help.dropbox.com/installs-integrations/sync-uploads/smart-sync

It's also worthwhile performing a little housekeeping. If you are storing photo's and video's on your computer, these can take up a lot of space. 

It may also be worth running "Disk Cleanup", which is built into Windows 10. You can find out more here;
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/disk-cleanup-in-windows-10-8a96ff42-5751-39ad-23d6-434b4d5b9a68

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