How to optimize the available space on your computer

After the last update, Windows 8.1 identifies those folders that take up space in the hard disk; also, list of programs for managing your files, be it a PC or Mac.

With large hard drives and files each time usually exceed the gigabyte, it is increasingly common for users of personal computers lose track of the free space available on computer. However, it is only a matter of time before the operating system starts to issue warnings about the available limit.

In its latest update Update 1, Windows 8.1 has recently added a feature that allows to identify what are the sizes of folders in the operating system. From the Home screen, identified by colored tiles called Metro, should enter the PC configuration option, identified with the icon of a toothed wheel.

This option can also be accessed from the Charms menu, on the right side of the screen.

From there, on the left side of the screen you have to choose the option PC and devices, and newly there it will be available the function Spread on disc. Here we can see how much free space the computer has, the size occupied by the applications and the ability of the Recycle Bin, in addition to the various folders of photos, videos, documents and downloads.

This is an option the Disk Cleanup program, present in the latest versions of Windows, which identifies and reduces the number of files that are not needed in the operating system.

An x-ray of the hard disk
At the same time, there are also very good third-party applications that allow identifying what are the folders with greater weight within Windows files. One is SpaceSniffer, a freeware program available for XP, Vista and 7 versions of Windows, which performs a map with a visual representation of the folders that take up more space on the hard disk.

Also under the same premise, the display of the files stored on the disk, is WinDirStat, download free of charge and available to all higher versions of Windows from 95 to XP, Vista and 7 and the recent 8.1.

For Mac, you can choose between two programs, one is free, the DiskWave, which allows you to sort by the size of the file or folder, and build a very good x-ray about the use of disk space. At the same time, as alternative pay, is program Daisy Disk, $20 on the Mac App Store.