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How to Check Storage on Windows 10/11[Step-by-Step Guide]

Updated on Friday, June 14, 2024

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If you need to download a heavy application, your computer is slow when working, or you want to clear some unnecessary files on your PC, you will check the storage on your PC. But how to check storage on PC in the right way?

Whether you're monitoring available space for new downloads or troubleshooting storage-related issues, there are various methods to check storage on your PC, which is good for the performance and organization of your PC. Here we will talk about the detailed steps of the seven main methods from iBoysoft.

How to Check Storage on Windows?

How to check storage on PC?

The checking is listed in a variety of ways, you can choose the most suitable for yourself.

Check storage with Settings

The first way you will try is using Windows Settings, which is so convenient for checking storage on Windows.

  1. Start > Settings.
    (You can press the Win and I keys together to open it.)
  2. Find System and then click Storage.
    Check PC storage with Windows Settings
  3. Select Show more categories.
    (You can double-click the category to view the detailed information.)

Check storage with File Explorer

File Explorer provides a quick and easy way to check how much storage you have on PC.

  1. Launch the File Explorer and click This PC in the left panel. (Or you can press Win and E keys together.)
    Check PC storage with File Explorer
  2. Right-click on the drive you want to check and select Properties.
  3. The properties window will show the used and free space on the drive, along with a graphical representation of storage usage.

Check storage with Disk Management

Disk Management on Windows offers detailed information about all connected drives and partitions.

  1. Press the Win and X keys together and select Disk Management
  2. You will see a graphical representation of all related droves along with their partitions and available space.

Check storage with Command Prompt

You can use Command Prompt to quickly check storage on PC using a simple command.

  1. Open Command Prompt by typing cmd in the search bar and pressing Enter.
  2. Type wmic logicaldisk get size, freesapce, caption, and press Enter.

The command will display the size and free space of all drives on your PC.

Check storage with PowerShell

There is a more customizable way to check storage information with PowerShell.

  1. Open PowerShell by typing powershell in the search bar and pressing Enter.
  2. Type Get-Volume | Select-Object DriveLetter, FileSystemLabel, Size, SizeRemaining, and press Enter.

Check storage with Task Manager

Do you really need real-time insights into disk activity and usage? Let's try Task Manager~

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Go to the Performance tab and select Disk from the sidebar.
    Check PC storage with Task Manager
  3. You'll see a graphical representation of disk activity and usage, including read and write speeds.

Check storage with the Control Panel

Control Panel offers another way to access storage information.

  1. Open the Control Panel by searching for it in the Start menu.
  2. Go to System and Security and then select Administrative Tools.
  3. Click on Computer Management and then click Storage to view disk information.

By utilizing these useful methods, you must know how to check storage on Windows, ensuring optimal performance and organization of your data. Share them to help more others~


Bonus: How to deal with the full storage on PC

After checking storage on Windows 10 or 11, you may find the storage is full or nearly full, what to do when Windows is too full? Here's a comprehensive guide on how to manage full storage on a PC:

  • Uninstall unnecessary applications in the Settings
  • Identify larger files and folders and remove them
  • Clear Temporary files and cache such as browser cache, cookies...
  • Move your files to an external storage or cloud storage
  • Compress some files or folders
  • Disable hibernation mode to reclaim space used by the hiberfil.sys
  • Delete system restore points in Disk Cleanup
  • Disable or limit Virtual Memory with Control Panel
  • Upgrade storage hardware

With these tips, you can have a cleaner Windows and hope that you can enjoy your digital life in the later days. Or you can find answers on how to check storage on Mac. If you like this post, why don't you share it on your social platforms?