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How to check the amount of free space on your hard disk with Windows 10

With Windows 10 being new on the market, we are covering the basics. Sure, you may be an expert already, but everyone has to start somewhere!

When you install apps or download images to your PC, they take up space in your hard drive. You can check the amount of free space on your to make sure the computer will not run out of room. We'll show you how to do it in Windows 10. It just takes a few steps.

  1. Open File Explorer. You can use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + E or tap the folder icon in the taskbar.
  2. Tap or click This PC from the left pane
  3. You can see the amount of free space on your hard disk under the Windows (C:) drive

That's it! The progress bar gives you a visual guide on how much you've used up already. Underneath that, you see the numbers. For example, my Surface Pro 3 currently has 167 GB free out of 232 GB.

If you need extra storage, you can store your media on external USB drives, or even microSD cards if your device has a slot available like the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3. You can grab a 2TB portable external USB hard drive for less than $100 on Amazon.

If you think this guide is helpful, we have many more posts like this in our Windows 10 help, tips and tricks page.

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

30 Comments
  • I hope they open Save Apps to SD soon. I read it would be implemented down the road. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • An interesting tidbit of information. I have installed the new Audible App on my Toshiba Encore 2 and it has automatically stored downloaded books on the SD Card.
  • I think the downloaded contents can be saved but the app itself cannot. I could be wrong but the app to SD is grayed out. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Yeah, you're right it is only the content and not the App itself, but it is a step in the right direction.
  • So the same as 8.1 then?
  • And W7 and probably Vista too :P
  • Same as pretty much every version of windows
  • Or you could go to storage in the settings ....
  • Even better, if you go to Settings, Devices, Storage and then click on a hard drive and then 'Apps and games', you will get a handy breakdown of which apps take up the most storage space.
  • There's this weird bug from the upgrade where it shows Microsoft Money Deluxe taking 100GB instead of the 80MB.   Yet I feel like the most interesting thing people will find in this comment is the fact that I still use MS Money. :P
  • really ? WOW that's very new -_-
  • Helpful.
  • It's new to someone that might be on a Mac or Linux and never used Windows before. Or some people that had an XP machine.
  • Is it possible to save maps on SD? (I do it on wp8.1)
  • If you want to see what's hogging all the space I recommend WinDirStat (from here http://windirstat.info/)
  • Great little app, does not just show the drive, shows every file by size, great little program that works really well.
  • Yup, good program. Used it to delete those pesky Nvidia (useless) update folders that can take so much space sometimes.
  • This only works when the folder view setting is for "tiles" (not any of the other 7 options). A more definite path to this information comes from right-clicking the drive, whether it appears in the "My computer" folder or in the left-hand navigation bar, and selecting "Properties." As pointed out by many other commenters, this ability and how you accomplish it has been the same since several versions of Windows prior to Windows 10 so it's surprising to see it being the focus of an article as opposed to being on a bulleted list of things newbies to Windows should know how to do. I saw the title and assumed something had changed or improved. Just means I won't be clicking to these articles as much in the future (fool me once...).  
  • Nothing, new, you have been able to select "Computer"/ "My Computer" in Explorer to tell all drive space for years now. Crap, I think you can do it in XP too.... I do this every day for servers checking space/health and we go back to 2003 server that has it...
  • Not new for us techies or people who are semi tech proficient. But for people who are just getting their first computer not really. Trust me there are alot of pensioners just getting to grips with tech (such as skype, email etc) as they have been forced to as that is what all their grand kids are using.
  • How is this even an article, every one knows that's how u check free space
  • Err no, you need to step outside your bubble.
  • Wow really.......I didn't think I needed an article to tell me that. Especially when it worked the EXACT same way for both Windows 8, and Windows 7!!!   Seriously, are you guys really that desperate for web traffic to create these pointless 1 paragraph articles?
  • Yeah, I think we are one step away from the "How to press the power button to turn on your PC" guide. The amount of ridiculous howto tutorials on such obvious features is starting to become a bit annoying; it almost feels like you are parodying something or trying to make fun of your readers in some weird way. Come on, I understand that it is important for ad revenue and pageviews to keep the frontpage filled with "some" content (quantity before quality) but at least try to be bit more subtle about it. ;)
  • I would love to see an article about turning the computer off and on... LOL
  • This is the same as it has been at least back to XP....probably before that too... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'm having a hard time accepting that there are readers of this website who haven't figured this out on like... Day 3 after release. I understand you need viewers and traffic but please stop it with these ' Windows 10 How-Tos '. No one here is that retarded.
  • This article is probably for the ones that come from web searches (Google, Bing etc) and not for frequent readers. I have no idea how to find how much space you have / used on a Mac (never owned one), and if it's the same as in Windows. It's also true that I would probably figured that out by myself. :)
  • I knew this tip already !
  • i cant select sd card as OneDrive folder sync. anyone knows how to?