How to Organize and Save Space on Your Hard Drive

Although Dokkio can’t help you organize your hard drive automatically (yet), we’re here to help you organize all aspects of your life.

What is a hard drive? It’s the hardware part of a computer that stores all of your digital content. All you really need to know is it is a physical component of your computer that stores things like documents, pictures, etc. For example, in Windows, your Drive (C:) is usually a hard drive or an SSD. (An SSD is the same thing as a hard drive, but its data is stored on flash-memory chips. For more information on this, please see here.)

Now, back to the organization part, now that we know what a hard drive is. Every person approaches organization differently, so here we’re just going to look at one way of doing it.

  1. Move your files to a digitally stored space like the Cloud – whether it’s Google, iCloud, OneDrive, so on, so forth. This clears up space on your hard drive so you can find things you really need more easily. Plus, when you move most of your files to Google Drive/OneDrive/etc, you can sync those locations with Dokkio, and we can sort that automatically for you for free – taking a lot of the grunt work out of the process.
  2. Delete unnecessary files. A good way of doing this is to sort your files from the oldest date to the newest date – you’re more likely to be able to detach yourself from older files than newer ones where you can claim that you still “need them” (you probably don’t). Don’t forget to empty out the recycle bin when you’re done, because or else those files will still be clogging up space on your computer. Recycle, recycle, recycle. Don’t forget your downloads folder! That’s usually where the most unnecessary files are that you just forgot to delete.
  3. Delete unnecessary programs. That desktop app you downloaded 3 years ago and haven’t touched since? Yeah, you’re going to want to get rid of that. It’s not enough to simply click delete on it either – make sure you are actually uninstalling it from your computer. If you’re unsure how, please visit this link for more information if you’re on Windows.
  4. Look at your files from heaviest to lightest – that is, from most GB to least MB/GB. There may be some programs that were heavier than you realized and that you didn’t know were even still on your computer. If any of these are deletable, delete them and be free.
  5. Create the hierarchy you need (ex: Documents > school > writing > math > history) and move files to their correct places. Of course, if these files are synced to Dokkio (aka in the digital space and not your hard drive), you can have all files you want automatically go to the place you want with the click of a button.
  6. For further cleanup, there are always PC cleanup apps – like Avast Cleanup Premium, meant to speed up your computer, check for viruses and malware, and get rid of unwanted and unnecessary files. Make sure to do your research on the PC cleanup app that feels best for you. I like to think of these apps as an oil change for my computer.

TLDR: Delete unnecessary files, uninstall heavy programs you don’t need, create a proper file hierarchy and stick to it, move what files you can to the cloud and off your hard drive, and for a deep clean, get a PC cleanup app and check for malware while you’re at it. Pretty soon your computer will be running like new!

Happy sorting!

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