"I have a 64GB Samsung XE700T1A-A05US Series 7 Slate, after installing the software I have less than 30GB left. How do I reclaim more drive space."
- Run Disk Cleanup
- Uninstall programs you don't want or need
- Use a microSD card for files
- Compress the drive to save space
My recommendation is to do the first three. The compression takes a bit more work from the CPU... so use it as a last resort.
This is a very easy and safe method which allows you to permanently remove temporary and recycle bin itemss. Every PC user should run this program every once in a while.
How to Run Disk Cleanup:
- Click Win key, type "Disk Cleanup" and open it.
- Check the boxes of all the categories you want to delete.
- Click "OK" button
How to uninstall programs:
- Click Win key, type "uninstall a program" and open it.
- Select the program you want to remove
- Click on "Uninstall"
By removing programs that you do not need or want you will free a few GB of space.
If you have big collections of music, video, or documents getting a microSD card will probably be your best solution. Since the microSD card can be added to the top of the system this is one of the easiest methods. There's microSDHC cards (max 32GB), and then there are microSDXC cards (64GB up to 2TB). You can view some of the technical differences at Wiki - Secure Digital.
You could use one of those small USB thumb/flash drives, but something sticking out of your system is not very sexy. ;)
By using compression you can save a bunch of space. There are downfalls to this that you must be aware of. By compressing the disk drive your CPU will now have to work on compressing and decompressing files every time it needs to access them. Basically your system will be slower when compared to systems that have not been compressed, but it will have more drive space.
To compress the drive:
- Click the Windows icon
- Click on "Computer"
- Right click on your C:\ drive icon and click "Properties"
- Check the box that says "Compress this drive to save disk space"
- Click "Apply"
If some files cannot be compressed ensure that you click on "Ignore All" when prompted. It may take several hours before the compression of the drive is completed. One change that you will notice is that compressed files will have blue links.
Before compress: 17.5GB free storage
After compression: 22.6GB free storage
Compress Drive Images