How to See What’s Taking Up Space On Hard Drive on Windows 11?


On Windows 11, if you wonder what’s taking up space on your computer, you can find a quick answer using the Storage settings. Even though the Storage feature is helpful to free up hard drive space, you can also use it to analyze the contents on the drive. In this way, you can find out how the available space is being used and know where and what files to remove to reclaim space; otherwise, you couldn’t use this feature.

Windows 11 also includes “Cleanup Recommendations” if your computer’s hard drive begins to fill up, a feature that can tell you the files and apps you can delete to free up space quickly. You can also use DiskUsage, a command-line tool that lets you analyze the storage usage of a drive through Command Prompt. Alternatively, you can use third-party tools (such as WinDirStat) to see what files use the most room to take action accordingly.

This risewindows guide will show you the steps to use the Storage settings to understand the space usage on Windows 11.

How to View What’s Taking up space on the Hard Drive in Windows 11?

Step 1. First, open the Settings app by clicking Windows + I keys from the keyboard.


Step 2. When Windows Settings opens, select the System category from the left sidebar.

Step 3. Then, click the Storage tab on the right-side pane.


Step 4. Next, Windows 11 will display total/used storage by file types.

So you are on the Storage settings, you can turn On the toggle switch beside the “Storage Sense” option. When you enable this feature, Windows 11 will automatically free up space, delete temporary files, and manage locally available cloud content.

Scroll down a bit and click the “Cleanup recommendations.” if you want to free up storage immediately.

Here, check the temporary file types such as “Previous Windows installation(s),” “Downloads,” etc. Next, click the Clean up button.

Once it is complete, Windows will immediately remove all the temporary files from your computer.

That’s it for the article.

I hope it will be helpful to you.

Good luck & keep learning, guys.

Also read: How to Enable or Disable Removable Storage access in Windows 11 or 10?

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