How To Clean And Manage Your Computer Files?

When your computer is overloaded with files, its performance can suffer. You will experience a definite lag in the time it takes to access your files. In some computers, there may be even humming noises. There are many ways you can free up space on your computer and we will be looking at a few methods below.
Clean duplicate files and cache
Sometimes you save the same file twice in two locations by mistake. Your system cache also contains so many temporary files that ultimately accumulate and fill up your memory. You can download and install an app that will help scan your computer for duplicate files. You can later go through it and delete the copies you don’t need.
Clear away downloads folder
Everything that you download is saved in here. First, go through the folder and look for what is important. Sort them into your folders and delete the rest. Regularly check up on your folders and see which files you don’t need.
Delete applications that you don’t use
Go look in the control panel for applications you rarely use. Most of these programmes take so much space on your computer. Uninstall and delete the respective programmes. Run a virus scan to catch all malicious content in your computer. Viruses can get into your computer through the internet, downloaded applications and other external devices that you plug in. Therefore scan all the devices before you open it whether it’s a pen drive, phone, or 64gb micro SD.
Backup your data
Prepare for any eventuality you may face by creating backups. For smaller files, you can use Google Drive or Dropbox. But if the content is too large you can invest in an external hard disk with a high storage capacity. This will keep your valuable files safe.
Sort out your folders
First, make sure that you move all your documents such as word files, presentations, spread sheets etc. into the documents folder, your images into the pictures folder, your songs such as mp3 and mp4 files into the music folder and videos folder respectively. You can create subfolders under folders to further simplify the process you go through when you search. For example, you can have subfolders in the music folder according to genres.
Go through all files in downloads and desktop and sort them out into their corresponding folders. Every new file you acquire has to go through this process so that you will not lose track of it. Frequently go through your folders and check up on what is usable. Some file formats such as mp3, mp4 and gifs take up lots of space.