For those of us who have an SSD hard drive, upgrading to Windows 10 has meant a drop in gigabytes in the memory that we have free to be able to install programs and video games. And not only for those of us who have an SSD, but it is always a nuisance for an OS to eat more gigabytes than it could be at first.

Windows 10 has some features that it already had in other editions and to which it is interesting to access as at the moment, where the amount of free gigabytes has been considerably reduced. Next we will show you how to recover space on your hard drive with two very valuable tools from Windows itself.

Windows Cleanup

  • Let’s open a file explorer and we go to «This team»
  • We make right click on the main hard drive where we have Windows installed and we click on “Properties”
  • We open the properties window and now we have to look for the option «Free up space»


Step one

  • For those of you who know this tool, Windows will start looking for space On the disk


Freeing up space

  • We now go to the button “Clean system files”


Step three

  • A new window opens where we will have to be cautious to accept certain options. There is one that deletes the previous version of Windows 7 or Windows 8, but that we can accept if we no longer plan to return to this previous version (about 5GB). We select everything carefully and accept it for the deletion process to begin.

Disabling Hibernation in Windows

If you have an SSD hard drive, it is highly advisable to eliminate hibernation, apart from the fact that consumes hard drive space whether it’s SSD or not, which you should surely consider.

Windows creates a file called hiberfil.sys on the system drive as a placeholder to hold the contents of RAM when the computer is in hibernation.

  • From the Cortana search we write “cmd”
  • In the result, we click with the right mouse button about “Run as administrator”
  • Write this line: powercfg.exe /hibernate off


Symbol of the system

  • Press Enter key
  • Type exit and close the command prompt window

If for whatever reason you want to recover this ability follow the steps taken and instead of writing powercfg.exe /hibernate off change off for on.