(Clean up the Hard Drive.) This page was updated 10th April 2021.

How to clean up Hard Drive on your Computer - Clean my PC Free.

A brief explanation of Hard Drives.

The hard drive stores information such as the operating system, word processor files, music, videos etc. It stores this information on a magnetic disk. Turning on the computer starts the hard drive which spins, the speed depends on the make of drive. A central spindle holds the disk in place, digital information is then written to the drive by an arm which has a tiny magnet on its end.

The read-write arm.

An actuator or a servo is controlled by a motor which moves the arm across the disk electronically writing a series of zeros and ones, or on and off, these are called binaries. This magnetised information stays on the drive even when it is turned off.

Partitions, sectors and tracks.

This drive is made of partitions. At the beginning of a partition is a File Allocation Table or New Technology File System. When the computer wants to read some information off the drive, it looks at this table which points to the area where that information is. This information is kept on a tracks sector. The read/write head either magnetises or de-magnetises the magnetic disk. When a particular part or file on the drive is no longer required, the information isn’t destroyed, it remains on disk, this is why it is possible to recover deleted files. What is altered is the file allocation table or new technology file system which is told there is no information in that track on that sector. This is why it is so important to format and wipe the drive before disposing of.

Solid-state drive

 

Hard disk drives are slowly becoming obsolete. The new technology is solid-state drives which act very similar to random access memory. They are faster and much less likely to fail. Anyone who has dropped their laptop on the floor and found the system no working will tell you this. Over some time, the drive becomes cluttered with all sorts of junk such as temporary files etc. Keeping the drive in tip-top condition improves efficiency.

Follow these steps to find out how to clean up the hard drive on your computer for free.

To be able to get back to the main clean my pc for free website page, you will need to put a shortcut on the desktop. To create the shortcut, click the small button at the top right hand side of the page. This will minimise the window. If you have other windows open and cannot see the desktop, click the small minus sign to the left to send all those windows to the task bar at the bottom of the window and leave this window open.

 

You now need to create the shortcut and place it onto the desktop. In the address bar where it says https://cleanmypc.co.uk , click and hold the left mouse button down and keep it pressed down. Now drag it over to where you want the shortcut to go onto the desk top and let go of the mouse button. You have now created a computer shortcut to clean my pc for free that you can open easily after completing the rest of the steps in this guide.

 

You can now proceed to maximise the window to carry on the remaining steps to cleaning out your hard drive. Again at the top right of the minimised window look for the icon that depicts the two windows which is next to the minus sign. Click this icon and the window should maximise

How to clean up the Hard Drive on your PC

You now have four options. Follow this guide here, Print this page and follow the guide on paper. Follow a video guide. Or you could simply load clean my pc onto your mobile and follow from there, don't forget to rotate the phone for a bigger picture.

Load up the Wisecleaner installer by clicking the green Free Download button as shown below.

 

For Chrome and Edge browsers follow these steps. For Firefox, scroll down to the Firefox logo. For opera, scroll down to the Opera logo.

 

You will then, as a security measure, be asked if you would like to keep the software or discard it, click on the keep link

An .exe file is an executable file. This loads the installer into memory, click the exe file to start installing the free software

For Chrome and Edge browsers, skip the next two sections

For Firefox, follow these steps.

Click save file.

Click the arrow to open the installer.

Click the dialog box to run the installer.

For Firefox, skip the next section.

For Opera, follow these steps

Click save to save the application to hard drive.

Double click the exe file to execute it.

All browsers carry on from here.

In the next window click accept the terms and conditions.

In the next window click next.

In the next window click install.

Here you can view the release notes which are an account of all the upgrades, improvements and bug fixes. If you want to read it leave the checkbox ticked. If not uncheck the "view release log" checkbox.

Now click finish.

The screen will change and windows will will ask you if you want to run this software, click yes. The software will install itself and you should be looking at the screen below. Click on checkup.

To be able to clear out Chomes cache the software asks if you want to close chrome. TAKE NOTE... When you click YES, it will close this the 'clean my pc for free' window behind the scene but, do not worry as you saved the shortcut to your desktop earlier.

Click fix and the software will now clean out all of the junk files taking up valuable space on your hard drive.

Wisecare, after completing its' tasks, will show you exactly what was cleaned out of your system and how much space has been recovered. This is the first step to streamlining your system, the next step is to close Wisecare and load back up, the clean my pc window to carry on. So click close and when done, double click the shortcut on your desk top.