Hardware

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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