How to check what’s using up hard drive space in Windows 10

  • Open the Windows 10 Spaces window to see what is taking up space. You can also find out more about the following: > StoresClick Click “Show More Categories” to see more categories. Check the storage usage.
  • Use the WinDirStat App that shows you exactly which files are taking up the most space on your PC.

Windows 10 users will wonder why their hard drive is filling up. “Storage” settings come in handy. Storage settings are part the storage management features of your operating system. They help you to manage the space on your computer drives. This tool can also be used to determine the amount of space occupied by a drive and where to begin cleaning files that cannot be removed using this feature.

Storage Sense, a feature that analyzes hard drive storage is great, but it is limited in its ability to show you which files are occupying the most space. This is where WinDirStat, Windows Directory Statistics, comes into play.

WinDirStat This free hard drive statistics viewer lets you know exactly which files are taking up the most room on your computer. This is done by scanning your entire hard drive and creating a visually appealing report that shows the location and size of each file.

You will learn in this guide how to use WinDirStat, the Storage settings to determine how Windows 10’s storage is used.

Warning: This guide contains third-party software. Although it is nondestructive and works normally, it must be used at your own risk. You’ve already been warned.

Windows 10 Settings allows you to see what files are taking space in Windows 10.

Use these steps to view the files that are taking up hard drive space in Windows 10.

  1. Open You can also find out more about the following: Windows 10

  2. Click here The system is a.

  3. Click here Stores.

  4. You can see the space that is being used on your main hard drive under the “(C)” section.

    Storage settings on Windows 10 version 1903 and later

  5. Click Here Click “Show More Categories” to see more categories View the storage usage of other file types.

    Windows 10 storage usage for the main drive

  6. Click on the “Optional” button View storage usage on other devices Option under “More Storage Settings” section.

    Windows 10 storage usage for other drivers

  7. If you have more than one hard drive, select the drive and see how much space it occupies.

    Windows 10 other drives storage usage

  8. View storage usage on the other drive.

    Secondary drive storage usage

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After you have completed the steps, it will be clear what files are taking up the most space on your device.

You can free up space by using this guide if your temporary files are taking up the majority of your storage.

Storage usage gives you an overview of the files that are stored on your drive. This includes system files, apps and games, temporary files as well as files from Documents OneDrive Pictures Music Videos, OneDrive Photos, and other accounts, if it is shared with others.

WinDirStat can help you find out which files are consuming space on Windows 10.

Download and install WinDirStat, then run it to see what is taking up space in Windows 10.

Install WinDirStat for Windows 10

Install WinDirStat on Windows 10 using the winget Command:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command PromptClick the top search result by right-clicking and selecting the Run as Administrator option.

  3. Press the Enter key to install WinDirStat. Enter:

    winget install WinDirStat.WinDirStat

    winget install WinDirStat

You can then use the app, once you’ve completed all the steps to scan your hard drive. It will give you an overview of how much space is being used.

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WinDirStat allows you to check the size of files on your hard drive.

Follow these steps to use WinDirStat in Windows 10 to find out what files are taking space:

  1. Open Start Windows 10

  2. Search for WinDirStat To open the app, click on the top-ranked result.

  3. Select your language Individual Drives option.

  4. Select the drive that you wish to check what files take up space.

    WinDriStat select drive

    Quick tip It is best to scan one drive at a given time, in order to reduce the impact on resources and accelerate the process.

  5. Click Here OK button.

    Quick note You’ll see that the app freezes if your device has low space. “Not responding” It may take some time to finish the message, but it will.

WinDirStat, after you have completed the steps, will scan your hard drive. It will then show you a report with graphical representations of the files that are using the most space.

WinDirStat scanning drive
Drive Analyzer

The report is divided up into three sections. You’ll find a tree-like file structure on the left side of the report, which will let you know what folder is taking up the most space. You can drill down and find the file that is taking up the most space.

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WinDirStat drive usage report
Storage Report

The top-right of the screen shows you which file types take up the largest amount of space.

Also, at the bottom, you’ll find a graphical view known as a treemap representing each file as a rectangle—the bigger the rectangle, the bigger the file on Windows 10. Each rectangle is colored according to the type of file, which can be seen in the list of extensions.

Selecting a rectangle will quickly show you the name of the file and its location.

See file taking up huge space on Windows 10
Windows 10: File taking up a lot of space

File Explorer can be used to locate and delete the file that is taking up a lot space. WinDirStat also allows you to right-click a file to get options like copying its path, opening the location of the folder with File Explorer, or Command Prompt. You will even have two options on how to delete it.

WinDirStat cleanup options
WinDirStat clean-up options

Those large files that are on your device can be system files. You can’t usually delete them by clicking the delete button. If you find out it’s a file from your system, make a note and look online for instructions on how to delete it or reduce its file size.

Windows 10 can download a lot of data if it is indexing an Outlook PST file. “Windows.edb” File taking up all drive space. In this case, you should rebuild the index database instead of deleting the file.

Updated February 7, 2024 This guide has been updated for accuracy and to include the WinDirStat instructions.

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