In order to keep your computer
running as smooth as possible, it’s essential to carry out
regular maintenance and cleaning your hard drive of all unwanted junk
such as old programs, shortcuts, files and folders that are no longer
used by you. Removing these files speeds up your computer as well as
frees up more storage space on the hard drive.
In this article, we shall be
demonstrating how to perform a cleanup using Windows’ Disk
Cleanup, a free utility from Microsoft. However, please be advised
that it’s an extremely slow process that could take anywhere
from a couple of hours to half a day depending on the size of the
drive, amount of data and other factors so we highly recommend that
you use SlimCleaner Plus if you value
your time as it does all this and more in a fraction of the time.
Click Start > Programs >
Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup or you can simply
click Start > Run and type cleanmgr in the window and click OK.
In the window that pops up,
select the drive you want to clean from the drop-down menu and click
You can also open ‘My
Computer’, right-click on the drive you want to clean up,
click on Properties. Click the General tab, then click ‘Disk
Now Disk Cleanup will analyze
the drive you selected to determine how much space can be freed up.
This process can take some time.
Once the calculation is
complete, a categorical list of files will be selectable by you.
Don’t proceed with the options that are automatically checked.
Instead, review each category of files up for deletion. Clicking on
a category will display more information about that category in the
‘Description’ section of the window.
If you’re still not sure
about deleting the files in a category after reading the
description, click on the ‘View Files’ button and the
complete list of individual files scheduled for deletion will be
displayed in Windows Explorer. Here, you can move any files you want
to save by dragging and dropping them to a safe location leaving the
category selected. If you want every one of the files to be saved,
just close the window and uncheck the file category to exclude it
from the disk cleanup. Once you have reviewed all the categories,
click OK to begin the cleanup.
Most of the
unnecessary junk on your hard drive will be cleared by carrying out
Disk Cleanup. However, following Disk Cleanup, a lot of empty spaces
and gap will be left behind on the hard drive where there once were
files. This is an ideal time to defragment your hard drive.
Defragmentation is the reorganization of your hard drive into orderly
sections in order to save time when the computer is searching for a
file on the drive. Click here to
find out how to defragment your hard drive.