- Microsoft has historically recommended that you leave at least 100 MB of free space on any drive where Windows is installed to avoid problems. However, since we see problems at levels higher than 100MB, we always recommend 10% free space.
Are you still using Windows 7? Do you want to know how to check hard drive space Windows 7? When your PC slows down, you may wonder whether the problem is caused by low disk space and then you want to check hard drive space.
Actually, we should pay attention to hard drive space usage indeed when using PCs, because insufficient hard drive space will cause many PC issues like system crashes, slow system, program crashes, etc. Then, how to check hard drive space Windows 7? You can refer to the following methods.
Check Hard Drive Space Windows 7 via Windows Explorer
- Click Windows Explorer icon on the Taskbar or click My Computer icon on the desktop.
- Highlight Computer and then you can see the total size of each drive and how much space is left in each drive.
- If you want to see more detailed information about the usage of a drive, you can then right-click on the drive and choose Properties. Then, you will get a window showing you not only the size of used space, the size of free space, and the total capacity, but also the file system and a pie graph about used vs free space on the drive.
Check Hard Drive Space Windows 7 via Disk Management
This method will not tell you the used space and free space. It only gives you a disk partition layout. Through this layout, you can see whether there is unallocated space or a partition without drive letter.
Usually, these spaces will not appear on PC and therefore you can’t use them. To some extent, these spaces are free spaces. If your PC lacks free space, you can use them by creating a partition on the unallocated space or assigning drive letter to the partition.
- Click the Start icon and type “computer management” in the search box.
- From the result list, click Computer Management program to open it.
- In the tool, go to Storage > Disk Management. You will see whether there is unallocated space and partition that have no drive letter.
If there is unallocated space, you can right-click on it and choose New Simple Volume to create a new partition. Of course, if there is a partition before the unallocated space, you can right-click the partition and choose Extend Volume to merge the unallocated space into the partition.
If there is a partition without drive letter, you can right-click on it and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths > click Add button to assign a drive letter to it.
Check Hard Drive Space Windows 7 via Commands
Like the first method, this method only displays the total size and free space of a partition that haves a drive letter. It doesn’t display those hidden partitions or space. Here is the guide:
- Press “Windows + R” keys simultaneously to open Run box.
- In the Run box, type “cmd” and press Enter to open Command Prompt window.
- In the Command Prompt window, type command “wmic logicaldisk get size,freespace,caption” and press Enter. You will get an output showing each drive’s free space size and total capacity size.
How to Add More Space to Hard Drive
If you find your hard drive doesn’t have enough space, you can use the following methods to get more space.
1. Add a second hard drive or upgrade to a larger hard drive.
This method is the most effective way to get more space. If you have an idle hard drive bay, you can add a second hard drive to your PC. If you have only one hard drive bay, you can buy a larger hard drive and use it to replace the old one.
2. Free up disk space.
If you don’t want to spend money to buy a new hard drive, you can try this method. To free up disk space, you can do as follows:
If you don’t know how to perform the above methods, you can refer to the original text: Check Hard Drive Space and Free up Space Windows 7. In addition, this post will offer more method to you.
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