HOW TO GET YOUR SPACE BACK BY CLEANING OUT YOUR OVERFLOWING HARD DRIVE
Between saving files, downloading data and changing your naming schemes. Your hard drive becomes full and may begin running slow. Take the following steps to cleaning out the overflow.
You may want to begin by finding out exactly what is on your computer; this can be done with a computer scan.
Find the Big Files
One I have found easy to use and also has a treemap that color codes each file. The colors represent what are important, system files that should not be deleted. It also shows cat GIFs and videos, so you don’t accidentally delete wanted files.
Get Rid of Duplicates
Regardless of size, duplicates are just taking up unnecessary space. Use a duplicate searcher to track these files down.
• If you are using a MAC, Linux or Windows you can try: http://duplicatefilessearcher.net/
• Window users can also try Duplicate Commander: http://download.cnet.com/Duplicate-Commander/3000-2248_4-75300625.html
Now it’s time to find old files
Sometimes just getting rid of the really big files is not enough. You may need to dig through and find old files. This may take a little more time and effort; you will actually need to search for these files without the help of a program with a friendly interface.
• Windows 7 and up, you can find by doing a simple search in the search box. Here you can search for date modified, accessed, created, by size or type. Here are some searches that you can type into the (Search My Computer)
• Date: date:
• Extension: *.exe [an example for *.exe extension]
• Size: size:
• System Folders: This option appears to be on by default on Windows 7.
• Hidden Files & Folders: This option appears to be on by default on Windows 7.
• Date Modified: modified:
• Date Created: created:
• Date Accessed: accessed:
• Date Before: before:6/25/2009
• Date After: after:6/25/2009
• Date Range:6/1/09..6/25/09
• Type: kind:
• Size: size:
• Size limit: >50KB [or <50KB] • Size Range: 50MB..70MB Rename the files you want to keep
So you decided what is needed, wanted and don’t want to accidentally lose them. It’s best to rename the files to something that best identifies the file. This will make it easier in the future to keep track of wanted and unwanted files. If you would like a more uniform scheme for naming your apps, you can try the following Apps. I am just recommending some you can also do a search to find others.
• Window users may want to try Rapid Streams: http://lifehacker.com/5848550/namedropper-batch-renames-files-and-folders-in-seconds
• MAC Users may want to try Name Changer: http://lifehacker.com/5825387/namechanger-for-mac-quickly-renames-groups-of-files
Now it’s time to move your files
So you have determined what files you want to save. Now set a location where you can safely move all these files and keep them protected. If you have a ton of files that need to be moved, and don’t want to spend the time manually moving them. You can use an App that will quickly move a bunch of files around.
• Windows Users can try Fastcopy or Richcopy:
• Fastcopy: http://ipmsg.org/tools/fastcopy.html.en
• Richcopy: http://download.cnet.com/RichCopy/3000-2248_4-75752821.html
Now you are done, hopefully your computer is cleaner and running faster. If you are looking for different Apps then ones suggested, please try www.cnet.com they provide many Apps and there search engine is user friendly.