The information below describes how to free up storage space on a Windows disk or Cloud storage (like Google drive) using deClutter disk software.
Windows disk space cleanup – Getting started
The default deClutter disk configuration is a good starting point. To start with, just try these.
Before using deClutter disk to find large user files and folders, it is suggested to run the Windows Disk Cleanup utility by just pressing the “Disk Cleanup” button and following the Windows tool instructions – this button is included for convenience. This can free up a lot of disk space.
Once this is done, press the “Start” button and deClutter disk will scan the disk (or specified folder) and find the largest folders, largest files, largest duplicate* files and largest partial duplicate* folders. This can take seconds to minutes, depending on the speed of the disk, number of files on the disk and the system CPU/memory. This will not change anything on the disk – this step is scan and analysis only.
Once complete, it is suggested to go through the “tabs” starting with the “Partial duplicate folders” tab and working backward looking for the largest files and duplicates.
To start with, just double click on the rows of files or folders you want to investigate. This will open the file explorer to the folder. You can then merge or delete files as required. After merging and deleting a number of folders and/or files from Windows file explorer, press “Start” again to refresh all of the information.
Once you are more familiar with deClutter disk, you can select multiple rows and right click for a contextual menu with delete options. This can allow a large number of files to be deleted in one operation.
*It should be noted that the term “duplicate” as used on this website and in the software is a file of exactly the same size and matched based on the selection criteria (such as metadata, partial file content or full file content) , and it is most likely identical – but this is not guaranteed. Common sense should prevail.
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- Main display
- Largest folders
- Largest files
- Duplicate file finder – largest duplicate files
- Duplicate folder finder – largest partial duplicate folders
- Software requirements