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Clean up your hard drive with five easy to use tools

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One of the most frustrating jobs I come across is a hard drive filled to capacity. In many cases this is just a matter of migrating user data or temp files. Sometimes, however, the task isn't so easy. This is especially true when you're looking at a Windows server with a smallish C drive that is near capacity. You can dig around and find nothing to remove. That is when a handy disk janitor utility can swoop in and save the day.

If you're looking for a good clean up tool, where do you start? You could start with a built-in tool and move outward. Of course, once you step outside the platform, you're looking at tools that are notorious for either not working or installing malware. I've gone through a number of such tools and found the ones that are not only safe (scanned by Malwarebytes, SEP, and Calwin), but do a good job of freeing up space. Each tool offers a unique take on the task and, in the end, can save the day.

 

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8 comments
ahsanseyal
ahsanseyal

CCleaner is the way to go safe and smart way to get the space back.  I always save the undo for registry cleanup just in case. 

theoldguygamer
theoldguygamer

I downloaded DiskMax from the Softonic site and like many sites there are little check boxes that you have to pay attention to and decline all the misc items that they want you to download. Been through this type of download before. If you quickly say yes to everything you end up with a dozen applications that do all sort of stuff like add a tool bars to your browser or reset your home page. I actually only used the Softonic downloader to get the program and that is the only item installed on my computer now. So far it work well. I need to run though all the options to get a better idea. Nice UI so far!

tpatanjali
tpatanjali

This product not only cleans the junk windows accumulate through the application cache, browsing cache, temporary files and folders created by browsing, applications etc, registry entries etc. It also helps you to gain back disk space and speeds up your machine.

Plant Doctor
Plant Doctor

I installed Disk Max and got a steady stream of malware and crapware offers. I said no to all, but most installed anyway. It took me 30 minutes to find and remove all of them, especially delta-search, which required manual registry editing. Ccleaner has served me well for several years and has never removed anything which caused a crash. Auslogics,com lists two freebies, disk defrag and registry cleaner which also have served me well over time. And thanks for the article, Jack. I think I am going to like bleach bit.

dhamilt01
dhamilt01

I use CCleaner regularly and it is pretty good but ... after it's done it's job, I then use a disk defragger (PerfectDisk) to maximize disk access speeds.

koshyjohn
koshyjohn

I'm the author of DiskMax and I can guarantee that if you've downloaded DiskMax from my personal website, there is absolutely nothing of any sort bundled with it. If you've downloaded it from elsewhere, please let me know where. Thanks.

JTONLY
JTONLY

When using an SSD don't defrag; it's turned off by default for a reason.

Plant Doctor
Plant Doctor

Piriform.com also has a free defragger called defraggler. It is slow but thorough. Try the free disk defrag from auslogics.com for a quick defrag; good enough for most days but really quick.