You can check your Windows computer's storage space through the "This PC" menu in your File Explorer. You can also open Windows' Settings app, which lets you see your available storage, as well as how your storage is currently being used. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories.
No matter what kind of Windows computer you have — a desktop, laptop, or tablet — it has at least one hard drive that stores your programs, settings, and data. It doesn't matter whether that drive is a traditional spinning platter or a more modern solid-state drive (SSD); either way, Windows gives you two easy ways to check your storage, and you can use whichever method is more convenient for you. Here's how to do both. Check out the products mentioned in this article: Windows 10 (From $139.99 at Best Buy) Acer Chromebook 15 (From $179.99 at Walmart) How to check your Windows storage space using File Explorer This is a fast and easy way to see how much storage space you have left, and only takes a few clicks. 1. Open any folder to launch the File Explorer. 2. In the navigation pane on the left side of the folder, click "This PC." You can also simply type "This PC" in the text box at the top of the folder. 3. You should see all your hard drives displayed, with the available storage space displayed under each drive.
How to check your Windows storage using Settings This is an alternate way to see how much storage space Windows has. It has the advantage of providing additional information. 1. Click the Start button and then click the Settings icon, which looks like a gear. 2. Click "System," and then, in the pane on the left, click "Storage." 3. You should see details about your primary hard drive, called "C:." Here, Windows will show you the remaining storage space, as well as how your drive is currently being used. If you click any category, you'll see additional options for managing this storage space.
- To see the storage space remaining on any other drives on your PC, scroll down and click "View storage usage on other drives."
- You can click other drives to see a similar breakdown by category.
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