5 Ways To Easily Save Space On Your SSD

 

SSD (Solid State Drives) are great for PCs. They make information retrieval a lot faster, which allows for faster boot times for programs and Windows. On my dedicated gaming machine I have a 60gb SSD as my ‘Windows Drive’ and everything else should be installed on the normal hard drive.

This works when I have control over where things are installed. But over time you’ll noticed that the space on your SSD begins to dwindle and you’ve no idea why. When SSD’s came out they were fairly expensive, hence my relatively small storage size, now they are much cheaper so get the biggest you can.

But how can you save drive space quickly and easily?

Please note that I accept no responsibility if you make a mess of your PC by following these tips. If in doubt create a system restore point, and if you are still unsure don’t do them.

The first thing is to install a freeware tool call “CCleaner“. This will look over your files and folders and suggest where space can be saved i.e temp files, internet cache, left over installation files. It’s quick, simple and will save some space.

Another option is to run the Windows Disk Cleanup tool, which does the same thing, but there is another tab where you can remove some of your old system restore points if you have them – yes they take up lots of space and how likely are you to restore your PC to two years ago?

How about removing all the old Windows Update Files? This method can safely remove a lot of unused files. To do this open up the command window (Type “cmd” in the start box) and then enter: dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded  and press enter. If any files can be removed it will remove them (if you’ve already run CCleaner there may be nothing there).

Do you even use ‘Disk Hibernate”? This uses up heaps of space, if you don’t use it then turn it off. Open up the command prompt and type “powercfg -h off” to get back some space.

Another fantastic way, which will save you loads of space, is to move some of the folders to another location and create a junction to them. There are some files and programs (I’m looking at you iTunes) that sit on the C drive taking up loads of space. It’s easy to move them somewhere else and fool the PC into thinking that they are still where they are meant to be.

  • First of all make sure that there aren’t any programs running that use the folder you intend to move
  • Make a note of this folders file path (in iTunes backup case it is “C:\Users\(yourname)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\”
  • Move it to its new location (for this example “E:\iTunesBackup\Backup”
  • Open the command prompt to create a junction point
  • Type in this line “mklink /J “C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup” “E:\iTunesBackup\Backup
  • In the original MobileSync folder you’ll now see a short cut to the new folder that you have created.
  • You can do this for a lot of folders that don’t really need to be on your boot drive i.e spotify

 

So there you have 5 ways to easily save space on your SSD. As an extra, I’d strongly recommend downloading and installing the WinDirStat program. This great tool looks at which ever drive you want and shows you what is taking up all the space, so that you have an idea where to start looking. It’s amazing what rubbish is lurking on your hard drive.

 

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