How to Clean Drive C for More Space


Welcome to, your go-to resource for all things technology-related. In this article, we will guide you through simple step-by-step instructions on how to optimize the storage on your Windows 11 computer. By implementing these effective solutions, you will be able to free up valuable space on your drive C. So, let’s get started!

Method 1: Utilize Windows Disk Clean-up and Storage Sense

  1. Open the Windows 11 search box: Located next to the blue Windows icon at the bottom of your screen, you’ll find a small box with a magnifying glass. This is the search box.

  2. Type in “disk cleanup” in the search box: This will help you find the relevant Windows settings, applications, photos, and website results.

  3. Click on “Disk Clean-up” in the search results: Look for it in the “Best Match” section of the search box interface. Clicking on it will open the Disk Clean-up window.

  4. Select drive C and click “OK” in the pop-up window: If you change your mind, you can also click on “Exit” to cancel the disk cleanup. Alternatively, you can choose another drive if needed.

  5. Click on “Clean up system files”: This option allows you to clean up even more space on the C drive by removing system files. Note that the operating system may take a few seconds to calculate the available items.

  6. Choose the files you want to delete: In the Disk Clean-up window, you’ll see a list of items with checkboxes. Make sure to check the boxes next to the items you want to delete. If you’re unsure about the meaning of any item, here’s a brief explanation:

    • Windows Update Clean-up: Windows keeps copies of installed updates, but you can free up space by deleting them.
    • Acquired Program Components: These files include Java applets, ActiveX controls, and browser extensions for websites.
    • Transient Cyber Archives: These are caches of webpages, images, videos, and other media files collected during your online browsing.
    • Webpages in the absence of internet connectivity: This feature allows you to explore online content without an active internet connection.
    • Memory Dump Files of System Errors: These files contain detailed information about system errors, similar to Windows error reports.
    • Transient documents: These are temporary files created by applications and the Windows operating system.
  7. Click “OK”: If you change your mind and don’t want to delete any files, you can click “Cancel” to close the window.

  8. Click “Delete Files” in the pop-up window: This will initiate the permanent deletion of the selected files using the Disk Clean-up utility.

  9. Wait for the deletion process to finish: The Disk Clean-up window will automatically close once the deletion is complete. Please note that if you have selected many large files, the deletion process may take longer.

Method 2: Take Advantage of Storage Sense

  1. Open the Windows 11 search box: You can easily find it on your screen. Look for the small box with a magnifying glass and the word “Search” written on it.

  2. Type in “storage settings” and click on “Storage settings”: This will bring up the Windows Storage Settings window.

  3. Turn on Storage Sense: Simply click the switch button to enable it. If Storage Sense is already on, the switch will appear blue with the word “On.”

  4. Click on “Storage Sense” to access advanced settings: In the pop-up window, you can enable automatic cleanup and manually run Storage Sense.

  5. Enable “Cleanup of temporary files” and turn on “Automatic User content cleanup”: You can configure the cleanup schedules for Windows Storage Sense in this window. For example, you can choose to run Storage Sense every day, week, or month or when you have low free disk space. You can also set the time period for deleting files in the Recycle Bin or the Downloads folder.

  6. Click the “Run Storage Sense” button to initiate an instant cleanup: This will trigger the automatic removal of unnecessary files, freeing up space on your drive C.

Method 3: Empty the Recycle Bin

  1. Double-click on the Recycle Bin icon: You can easily find it on your desktop.

  2. Click on “Empty Recycle Bin”: This button, located at the top of the Recycle Bin window, has a trash icon. Hovering over it will display the message “Delete all items in the Recycle Bin to clear some disk space.”

By following these simple steps, you can effectively clean up your drive C and create more space on your Windows 11 computer.

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