Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Schedule Windows 10 to automatically free up disk space

In a previous tutorial, we showed you how to free up disk space manually, through the Disk Cleanup utility and other means.

With Storage Sense, you can set up Windows 10 to automatically clean up temporary files, old Windows versions, old update installer files, and the Recycle Bin with a schedule. Here's how to set it up.

  1. Open the Windows Search bar and type "storage". Open Storage Settings.
  2. Click on Configure Storage Sense or run it now.
  3. Set Storage Sense to On.
  4. Under Run Storage Sense drop-down menu, select the frequency you desire. Options include for Every day, Every week, Every month, or During low free disk space. I've set mine to every week.
  5. Enable the option Delete temporary files that my apps aren't using.
  6. You can set to delete files from your Recycle Bin on a schedule as well through the next drop-down menu. I've set mine to 14 days.
  7. I've also set it to delete files from the Downloads folder if they've been there for over a month.
  8. You can also make your OneDrive content online-only if you haven't opened it in quite some time. I've set mine for 60 days.
  9. You can also click the Clean Now button to have Windows start the cleanup process.
  10. Click the Back arrow button to go back to the Storage settings page.
  11. You can see a list of what takes up your space (apps, documents etc). Click on Temporary files.
  12. Here you can manually delete other kinds of temporary files that can take up a huge amount of space, like System error memory dump files, Temporary Windows installation files, etc. These can be safely deleted. Select them and press Remove files to free up more disk space.
  13. Press the Back arrow to go back to Storage settings page.
  14. Under More storage settings, click on Change where new content is saved.
  15. If you have more than one drive or partition, you can set Windows to save any new apps, documents, media files (music, videos, photos etc), to a different location, so you can save space on your OS drive.

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