One of the most annoying things that can happen to someone on a computer is when you are half way through downloading an important file and you get the message that you have no more disk space. The hard drive of a computer is a finite and limited space which can fill up quickly if you are using large file software and high graphics programs. With people now downloading all their digital photos and videos and file sharing, people find that their hard drive capacity will fill up very quickly in fact and that they are constantly being told that there is low space and they need to create more room.
As well as not being able to store any more files, when your computer warns you of low disk space then you need to remember that the operating system requires disk space to run and this will hamper its effectiveness to properly.
The Effects of Low Disk Space
Your computer will suffer when you have low disk space. Here are some of the effects that you will most likely notice when you are low on space in your hard drive.
- Crashes – You may find that your programs crash more frequently.
- Slowness – Start-up and shutdown process will be considerably slower than if there was sufficient space on the computer.
- Fragmentation – You may find that system files become fragmented due to low disk space.
Getting Rid of Low Disk Space
The most obvious way to get rid of low disk space on your computer is to create more space by removing unnecessary files from the hard drive. Another option is that you can also purchase a larger hard drive if you are unable to remove any current files or programs. You can also empty the recycle bin which is often a cause of build-up on the hard drive. People assume that once a file is deleted that it is off the computer, though in reality, if the file is in the recycle bin it is still being stored on the hard drive and taking up space. You can do the same thing with the TEMP folder which is in your computer. The easiest way to do this is to launch the ‘disk clean up’ program in your start up menu so that it will find all the temporary folders and unused files that you can delete from your system If you have removed all the files and programs that you can on your hard drive and you still have not got enough free space then as a last resort you can purchase an external hard drive to create more room.
Always keep a check on the programs and software that is on your computer which you may not be using. By deleting these useless files regularly you can keep your computer working at its best rate while, at the same time, making sure that it is not clogging up all the space with useless and unnecessary files. In this way you can keep all the space available for the important things that really matter to you.