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 which files are taking up space on your hard drive

In order to see how the hard drive space is being used on your computer, you can use Storage sense using these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Storage.

  4. Under “Local storage,” 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.