Proper computer maintenance help keep your computer running smoothly and efficiently. Additionally, the recovery engineers at most reputable data recovery services will tell you that proper maintenance helps data retrieval success on standard drive and SSD recovery.

Disk Cleanup Running a disk cleanup routine on a Windows-based computer removes unnecessary files that take up unnecessary space. The operation is very similar in OS versions from Windows XP to Windows 7. I use Windows 7, so this instruction is based on that OS, but is similar for other versions.

If the computer or “My Computer” icon is on your desktop, right-click on it and choose ‘Open’ to display your hard drive. You will see a graphical representation of your hard drive or drives. Right-click on the drive icon and choose properties. You get a dialog box, usually with the General tab showing.

Click on the Disk Cleanup button on the general tab. You will see a list of files you can safely delete. Click the box on each type that you want to delete. By checking all of them on my laptop, I gained 13.6 gigabytes of space.

In Windows 7, you can regain even more space by clicking the “Cleanup System Files” button. It will allow you to delete any old service pack upgrade files. I gained an additional gigabyte with this option.

Keeping your computer can help prolong the life of your drive. Even so, our data recovery services at The Data Rescue Center are available to you if the need arises.