Managing Disk Space

In the digital era, Parkinson's Law has an inescapable corollary: data expands to fill the space allotted to it. Gargantuan hard disks encourage consumption, and digital media files (not to mention Windows itself) supply plenty of bits to be consumed. It's surprisingly easy to run low on disk space, and the consequences can be deleterious to your system . If you run low on storage, Windows might not have enough room to expand its page file in response to system needs, or it might be unable to create temporary files . In addition, essential features such as Windows Search and System Restore might stop working properly. At that point, you start seeing ominous error messages and (possibly) degraded performance

To pare down on disk space consumption, you can do any or all of the following:

• Clear out temporary files that you no longer need.

• Uninstall programs you don't need.

• Uninstall Windows features you don't need .

• Delete documents you don't need.

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