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How To Clean Hard Drives In Windows 7

11 Apr/10

A regular computer maintenance task should be to clean the hard drives to free up disk space and remove old data that is no longer needed. This can be done in Windows 7 with the help of third party tools like CCleaner which have been designed for that exact purpose or manually by using native Windows 7 tools to delete the data.

This guide details how to clean the hard drives in Windows 7 to remove old data from the operating system. The process does not take longer than a minute and can be performed once a week or whenever it seems necessary.

It should be noted that programs like CCleaner handle additional temporary files and data that the standard disk cleanup tool in Windows 7 ignores. It might make sense in lots of situations to use such a program but there might be situations where this is not possible. And it is of course always good to know how this is done without third party software.

The easiest way to access Disk Cleanup is to enter cleanup in the Windows 7 start menu search and run box. This should display Disk Cleanup as one of the programs found on the computer system.

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A dialog window is displayed to select the drive to be cleaned. The Disk Cleanup window is then displayed. Available for selection are for instance files in the Recycle Bin, Temporary Internet Files, Thumbnails or Offline Webpages. Each entry with a checkmark will be cleaned by clicking on the OK button. The operation can also be canceled by clicking the Cancel button.

A click on Clean up system files seems to restart the selection process. The hard drive selection screen will be displayed again and afterwards the Disk Cleanup window. The difference this time is that a More Options tab is available in that window which can be used to remove programs that are no longer used and more importantly to free up disk space by removing system restore and shadow copies.

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The last option will remove all but the last system restore point which is still enough to restore the operating system. This option alone can free up Gigabytes of memory on the selected hard drive.

This is all there is to know about manual cleaning up the hard drives in Windows 7. Not as effective as with CCleaner but always possible.

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