There are a number of techniques for dealing with a full hard drive. Ultimately, all of them boil down to removing content from the hard drive to free up space. It is advisable to periodically check hard drive capacity to ensure that 10 to 15% of the drive space is free at any given time. This will prevent problems like operating system slowdowns that can be related to a full hard drive.
Disk cleanup is an excellent way to get rid of extraneous files that may be taking up space on a hard drive. Many operating systems have a utility for disk cleanup and programs can also be downloaded to ferret out temporary files and partial downloads that may be hidden in less obvious locations. People can also free up space on a hard drive by removing outdated versions of programs and installers.
If a hard drive is still overloaded or is about to become full again, people can uninstall programs they are not using and remove the associated files. Some programs can eat up an astounding amount of storage space and if they aren't being used and are unlikely to be used, removing them can free up space on a hard drive. After using a program removal utility, people should confirm that the program files are completely gone by checking the directory where the program files were located.
A full hard drive can be a common problem for people like photographers and videographers. The best solution for people who generate lots of large files is to get into the habit of archiving, or to purchase additional external hard drives for data storage. Files from old jobs that are not likely to be used in the immediate future can be archived on an external hard drive or storage disks, while working files can be stored on the computer's hard drive for quick and easy access.
External hard drives are generally reasonably affordable and can be obtained from many companies that sell computer supplies. It is also possible to buy a larger hard drive for a computer and use it to replace the full hard drive. Data from the full hard drive can be copied over to an external hard drive for safekeeping, allowing people to save all their files and settings. People who are not comfortable doing their own hard drive installation can hire a technician to do it or ship a computer out.