Learn how to Fix Windows 10 Disk Space Issues Automatically with Storage Sense. If your Windows 10 device is running low on disk space, there are many ways to free up some disk space to clean unnecessary files. Windows 10 can help you to free up disk space with a feature called Storage Sense. It can be useful to optimize space automatically.
In this post, we will see how to turn on Storage Sense and configure the settings to run it automatically. By default, Storage Sense is automatically turned on when the machine runs into low disk space and is set to run whenever the machine runs into storage pressure.
What’s in Storage Sense?
Storage Sense is a silent assistant that works on your behalf without the need to configure it. Storage Sense has the capability to frees up space on your computer automatically by deleting files you don’t need, temporary files, recycle bin contents, and backup versions of Windows updates. If you have a small drive it can be a good way to have the machine automatically delete some junk files for you.
Storage Sense also works with OneDrive to automatically free up space by allows the option to dehydrate cloud-backed content back into the cloud storage that hasn’t been opened in a certain amount of days rather than keeps them on the local device. When connected to the Internet, you can continue using your online-only files just like any other file.
Storage Sense looks for and will remove the following types of files:
- Temporary setup files
- Old indexed content
- System cache files
- Internet cache files
- Device Driver packages
- System downloaded program files
- Dated system log files
- System error memory dump files
- System error minidump files
- Temporary system files
- Dated Windows update temporary files and more…
Here’s how to see your internal storage and frees up space quickly with Storage Sense.
Turn on Storage Sense to Fix Windows 10 Disk Space Issues Automatically
Storage Sense has continuous improvements in every released update. You may experience a new capability to Storage Sense’s behavior based on Windows latest version you’re using .
- Open the Start menu and select Settings > System.
- Under Storage, you can turn Storage Sense on by clicking the toggle button to have Windows delete unnecessary files automatically. Here you can also see the total available space you have, what space has been used across different categories.
- On the Storage window, select Temporary files.
- Select the temporary files you want to delete, and then click Remove files. Once done Select Back arrow to move in Storage window.
We recommends that you do not select the Downloads option. Doing so might delete personal download files.
Set how often Storage Sense runs
- On the Storage page in Settings, select Configure Storage Sense or run it now to review the settings. Select how often Storage Sense runs, deletes temporary files, and empties the recycle bin and Downloads folder.
Run Storage Sense
- Choose how frequently you want Storage Sense to run. Select Every day, Every week, Every month, or During low free disk space from drop down list. Unless you are constantly running low on space, an option running it every month should be a good selection.
- Check or uncheck Delete temporary files that my apps aren’t using for what you want.
- Delete files that have been there in recycle bin for over – Select the option Never, 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, 60 days from drop down list.
- Downloads folder cleanup is not turned on by default. You can enable the removal of old content in the Downloads folder to Delete files that have been there in Downloads folder for over – Select the option Never, 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, 60 days from drop down list.
To delete unnecessary files manually, select Change how we free up space automatically. Under Free up space now, select Clean now. After the clean up is done, Windows let you update how much space has been freed.
Microsoft has added a new feature called “User cleanup recommendations” that creates a list of personal data files and installed applications that have never been accessed. This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 19603, More details here –User cleanup recommendations in Storage Settings
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