How to Free Up Hard Drive Space on a Sony VAIO Laptop

by Elvis Michael

While a Sony VAIO laptop typically comes equipped with an adequate amount of hard drive space, its total capacity may prove insufficient depending on your needs. Data-hefty content such as music production software, games and high-definition video will eventually fill up even high-capacity disks. In such cases, you can take various steps to help restore your Sony VAIO’s total storage space.

Remove Programs

1

Click the Start button, then click “Control Panel.”

2

Click the “Uninstall a Program” link found under the Programs section. If using either Small Icons or Large Icons view, click “Programs and Features” instead.

3

Click to select the program you wish to remove, then click “Uninstall.” Follow all removal instructions displayed by the program in question.

Delete Temporary Files

1

Click the Start button, type “Disk Cleanup” into the Search field and press “Enter.”

2

Select the disk drive from which you wish to remove files and click “OK” to proceed.

3

Check the sources from which you wish to delete files, such as the Recycle Bin or Temporary Internet Files.

4

Click “OK” followed by “Delete Files” on the ensuing confirmation dialog to remove the selected content.

Back Up Data

1

Connect a secondary storage device, such as a USB flash drive or an external hard drive, into your computer’s USB port. Allow the operating system to register the device.

2

Locate the data you wish to move. Use Windows’ Search function from the Start button if you are unable to find specific files and/or folders.

3

Right-click the data in question, select “Send to” from the context menu, then click the secondary storage unit from the sub-menu displayed. Hold the keyboard’s “Ctrl” key while clicking each file to highlight multiple entries.

4

Right-click the original source files and select “Delete” to remove them from their primary location, freeing the space on your computer's hard drive and increasing its total capacity.

Tip

  • Windows labels external units "Removable Disk" by default.

Warning

  • Backing up program-dependent data requires you to keep the secondary storage unit connected whenever the application in question is in use. Some programs may be unable to locate a file's new source if it had been previously assigned or configured within the application.

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About the Author

Elvis Michael has been writing professionally since 2007, contributing technology articles to various online outlets. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in information technology at Northeastern University.

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