How much free storage space have you got on your PC?

We’ve famous that some video games are actual storage hogs, demanding nicely over 100GB of space and making you want you’d purchased a much bigger SSD when you had the prospect. Then the DLC and updates arrive they usually take up much more room. Do you routinely clear home to maintain space free, or are these bars in Windows Explorer completely within the crimson for you?

How much free storage space have you got on your PC?

Here are our solutions, plus some from our forum.

Jarred Walton, Senior Editor of Tom’s Hardware: Just this week, whereas prepping to put in Windows 11 on a brand new SSD, I bumped into an fascinating drawback. I had a 2TB SSD as my most important Windows 10 OS drive, a Kingston KC2000, and I observed with a sport replace in Steam that it was behaving poorly. It solely had 120GB of free space, so I made a decision to maneuver a few of the video games to the brand new (and principally empty) Crucial P5 Plus 2TB drive. Data was initially copying at 100-130 MB/s. Not good for an M.2 drive!  Once I got to about 400GB of free space, learn efficiency shot as much as 500-700 MB/s. Besides these two drives, I have a 4TB Samsung 850 Evo that is nonetheless good for mass storage. Moral of the story: You can by no means have too much capability, and do not fill your SSDs past about 70-80% if attainable.


Nat Clayton, Features Producer: 130 GB. I constructed this PC final yr with a single M2 SSD pondering “aye, 1TB will likely be sufficient”, forgetting that I work in video games media and may want to put in new video games or file footage from time to time. That mentioned, although, the obtain pace at my previous co-working space was nonsensically quick sufficient that uninstalling and reinstalling video games did not give me pause (the parents there have some outrageous setup that meant even a beast like MS Flight Sim solely took an hour or two to obtain). And if I’m fully sincere, I solely actually need sufficient space for 2 issues: Apex Legends, and a video folder for Apex Legends pop-offs.

Dave James, Hardware Lead: I’ve really nonetheless got exhausting drives in my gaming PC, chock stuffed with previous digital photographs from the darkish ages of my youth and completely professional video and audio information. They’re each within the crimson, with simply 30GB left between them. Luckily there’s additionally 12TB of NVMe storage, break up over a few drives, to maintain them firm. One’s my 8TB boot drive and the opposite a 4TB stick of gum with my Windows 11 set up on it. 

As you could word, the video games should not the true storage hogs, that is me.

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Sarah James, Guides Writer: I at the moment have 820GB free out of two.5TB however after this weekend, I’ll be including a second m.2 drive to deliver my general storage as much as 3.5TB. I do not often have much of an issue with space although, and I’ll uninstall something I do know I will not play once more any time quickly. I’m mainly solely including the additional NVMe drive as a result of I’m doing a significant improve and it might be impolite to not.

Harry Shepherd, Guides Editor: I at the moment have 1.8 of my 3TBs free, however I count on that’ll go quick. When placing my present PC collectively about six months in the past I ran out of money after a single terabyte of storage. It was an costly Gen 4 M2 drive, however hey, I used to be future-proofing. It was at all times my intention to benefit from the second M2 slot on my new motherboard, and as anticipated, I used to be seduced by the temptations of Black Friday and picked up a 2TB stick. I’ve needed to be very organised with my storage up so far, however I predict the gigabyte flood gates to open now. 

Lauren Morton, Associate Editor: Like Dave, I’ve nonetheless got some chonky HDDs in my system holding previous My Documents folders from programs going again to my teen years, means too many photographs, and all my footage from six years of Twitch streaming. Combined, these packrat tendencies have left me with 139GB remaining on a 2TB exhausting drive. I’ve nonetheless got a comfortable 2.39TB out there on my 6TB exhausting drive the place I set up nearly all of my video games although and 66GB free on my 512GB NVMe boot drive. I believe I can safely hold kicking the can down the highway a bit longer on this drawback.


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Phil Savage, Editor-in-Chief, UK: I’ve got a 2TB SSD that is devoted to video games—the drive is named “Games”, that is how you know. It’s got about 337 GB remaining. So yeah, it is getting decrease, however there’s loads of issues I can reduce for space. Looking at WinDirStat, the large space hogs proper now are GTA 5, which I’ve not performed for months; Vermintide 2, which I nonetheless play sometimes, however possibly not sufficient to justify its 100 GB toll; and Red Dead Redemption 2, which yup, that may go too. Elsewhere there’s nonetheless 1 TB free on my previous HDD that is stuffed with music, Blu-Ray rips and Shadowplay footage, and 500 GB left on the M2 SSD used for Windows and varied packages. Neither of these drives are known as “Games” although, in order that they’re ineffective for my present predicament.

Andy Chalk, News Hammer: Got a 500GB SSD, my boot drive, which has 268GB free, and a second, much newer 2TB SSD with 666GB free. There’s additionally a 1.5TB HDD with 735GB free, which I exploit for music and picture storage (though, fact be informed, I’ve got a bunch of different crapola on there too) and an empty 600GB HDD that I only recently put in as a result of it appeared a disgrace to waste it. It’s a little bit of a multitude (though nothing like a Dave James mess), however you can by no means have too much storage, and whereas there’s completely no cause to not make the transfer to SSD at this level (and belief me, you will not remorse it), these low cost, fats HDDs nonetheless have worth as a spot to maintain your lower-priority stuff.

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Hitobat: I have about 300GB on a Samsung EVO 1TB ssd free. The most important cause I believe, is that I’m fairly ruthless with uninstalling Steam video games as soon as I realise I have never performed them for some time. I hold solely a small space on my desktop for sport shortcuts, so that actually helps to drive house when I’m including new video games and never cleansing up the previous.

Zloth: If you verify Steam’s assist menu and choose System Information, then scroll down, you can get the precise quantity. Total Hard Disk Space Available: 5722329 MB

Kaamos_Llama: According to Steam about 430GB throughout 3 drives, however I’m a snob and I will not set up video games to the HDD anymore. I additionally simply culled a number of I have never performed for a bit.

I’d like to hold all of my video games put in, as my obtain will not be the quickest at 50mbps. Sometimes I get an urge to play one thing and it is annoying that I am unable to simply launch it. Some larger video games take a number of hours to obtain, and sometimes the second has handed by the point it is completed.

Of course you can copy and paste Steam video games throughout to the principle listing which is faster, however my previous 2TB disc does not maintain every part anymore. Time for a much bigger mass storage drive within the new yr most likely, actually will not be shopping for a graphics card anytime quickly anyway!

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Pifanjr: Just sufficient for Total War: Warhammer 2 to replace. So about 60 GB.

pathospades: I have two disk drives. My brother purchased me one as a result of he mentioned they have been low cost on the time and I ventured by plugging it in. Such an enormous distinction.

Total Hard Disk Space Available: 1196902 MB

I nonetheless have to scrub up my exhausting drives with TreeSizeFree from season to season, however not as much as I used to. The default setup is actually small.

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