Storage usage on Windows 10
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How to see what’s taking up space on a hard drive on Windows 10

Windows 10 includes a tool to quickly analyze and find out how the hard drive space is being used to help understand where to begin deleting files to free up space.

When your PC’s hard drive begins to fill up, you’ll start wondering what’s taking up all the available space, and that’s when Storage sense will come in handy.

On Windows 10, many people know Storage sense as a feature to free up hard drive space. While it’s true, it’s also a tool that you can use to analyze the content of a drive and figure out how space is being utilized to know where to start cleaning up files that you can’t remove using Storage sense.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to use Storage sense to understand how your PC storage is being wasted on Windows 10.

How to find out what files are taking up space on Windows 10 version 1903 or later

Use these steps to see the files taking up space on the hard drive on Windows 10 version 1903 or later versions:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Storage.

  4. Under the “Local Disk (C:)” section, you’ll be able to see what’s taking up space on the main hard drive.

    Storage settings on Windows 10 version 1903 and later
    Storage settings on Windows 10 version 1903 and later
  5. Click the Show more categories option to view the storage usage from other file types.

    Windows 10 storage usage for the main drive
    Windows 10 storage usage for the main drive
  6. (Optional) Under the “More stora settings” section, click the View storage usage on other drives option.

    Windows 10 storage usage for other drivers
    Windows 10 storage usage for other drivers
  7. If you have multiple hard drives, select the one that you want to see its storage usage.

    Other drives storage usage on Windows 10 1903
    Other drives storage usage on Windows 10 1903
  8. See storage usage for the other drive.

    Secondary drive storage usage
    Secondary drive storage usage

Once you complete the steps, you’ll understand what files are taking up most of the space on your computer.

How to find out what files are taking up space on Windows 10 version 1809 or earlier

Use the steps to see how the hard drive space is being used on your computer on Windows 10 version 1809 or earlier:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Storage.

  4. Under the “Local storage” section, click the drive to see usage.

    Local storage on Storage sense
    Local storage on Storage sense

While on “Storage usage,” you can see what’s taking up space on the hard drive. You can click each item to get more details and take additional actions.

Storage usage settings on Windows 10
Storage usage settings on Windows 10

For example, if you’re noticing that apps are taking the most of the space, you can click the item to access “Apps & games,” where you can see and uninstall those items which are wasting space and you don’t need.

Apps & games settings on Windows 10
Apps & games settings on Windows 10

In the case that temporary files are items consuming most of your storage, then you can use this guide to quickly free up space.

Storage usage offers an overview of virtually everything that’s stored on the hard drive, including system files, apps, games, temporary files, and those files stored in the Documents, OneDrive, Pictures, Music, Videos, and files from other people if you’re sharing your device with other users.

Update May 31, 2019: This guide has been update to reflect the new changes on Windows 10.