How to Fix a Computer Running Out of Disk Space

by Joshua Phillips

The hard drive is one of the most important components inside of your computer; it alone is responsible for storing your files, whether they're pictures, videos, business documents or even Windows 7 itself. However, your hard drive has a finite amount of space, with the amount of space varying depending on your drive model. Over time, your hard drive may become full, prompting low or out of disk space errors. A full hard drive can cause Windows to become slow and unresponsive; when this occurs, you must delete items on your hard drive to free up space.


Open the Start menu.


Click "Control Panel."


Click "Uninstall A Program" under the "Programs" section.


Click "Size" to list the programs in order of largest to smallest in terms of disk space usage.


Click a program to highlight it. Preferably, click a program that you are not using that is taking up a large amount of disk space.


Click "Uninstall." Follow the prompts to uninstall the program.


Continue to uninstall programs until you free enough disk space. Ideally, you will want to free anywhere from 30 to 50 GB of space.


  • check If your hard drive is too full, you cannot delete programs through the Windows Uninstall program. When this happens, you must manually delete programs on your hard drive.
  • check Product installation files and media files are also items you can manually delete to free up disk space.

About the Author

Joshua Phillips has done it all when it comes to video games: strategy guides, previews, reviews, in-depth interviews with developers and extensive public relations work. He has written for websites such as Hardcore Gaming 101 and MyInsideGamer.