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How to check the storage space of Hard Drives in Windows 10

by AshwinFebruary 23, 2016

We told you about a free application to check the storage space in Windows, called TreeSize Free.
storage space in Windows 10

Though the application is free, not everyone is tech savvy to use such programs with ease. And some of you maybe thinking, “Wish Windows had a built-in tool like this”.

And the answer may surprise you. Indeed, Windows does have such a tool, but not all versions. Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 10, comes with such a Storage utility hidden under its Settings. Now, this method is for basic users only, and not suited for advanced users, because it isn’t very detailed.

Nevertheless, should a friend ask you for help with checking the storage space used by apps in Windows 10, you will know how to help them.

How to check the storage space of Hard Drives in Windows 10

1. Click on the Start Menu and open the Settings app.
2. Select the “System” tab.
3. Choose the “Storage” option in the left sidebar.
4. This will let you view the storage space of all the Hard Drives you have connected to the PC. (including USB Memory sticks and External HDDs).
5. Click on the hard drive which you wish to check and it will display a list of information, which shows you exactly how much space is used by each folder or area in Windows 10.

You can narrow it down further by clicking on any of the folders and it will provide you the information of its own folder tree. But it won’t display it within the app, and instead uses File Explorer for the most part, which is quite useless for digging deep.

The Apps & Games folder does have basic sorting options, and lists all installed apps/games in one screen, along with the size used by the app.

storage space used in Windows 10

This method is not as efficient as TreeSize Free, as it lacks the advanced sorting power and searching options of the application. Personally we feel that the option in Windows 10 should be tweaked to perform better, with it’s own file manager.

Here’s a little tip:

If you’re like me, using an external hard drive permanently plugged in to your computer, you may wish to save things to your portable drive. For this, normally, we use Windows Explorer to copy and paste files and folders. But the Storage tab in the Settings app, will be more useful, as it allows you to set the default storage space for most file types.

The screen (in step number 3), allows you to select on which HDD, the new apps, documents, pictures, music and videos will be saved.

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