How to Find the Available Space in Hard Drive

Today, the programs and the applications require larger space in the computer. It is necessary to regularly check the available space in the hard drive of a computer. But the procedure to check the space differs from version to version in Windows. In Windows 7, 8 and 10, the steps are very straightforward than others, but it gets harder in command lines.

How to Find the Available Space in Hard Drive

To check the available space in Windows 7, 8 and 10

  1.    Go to the “Start” menu and open “Computer.” Short-cut key: – Windows Key + E
  2.    A window will open displaying all the hard drives in your computer.
  3.    Each of these drives has a bar underneath them, showing their available space.
  4.    For more information about a particular drive, click on it and click properties from the dropped menu.

To check the available space in Windows 3.x and NT 3.x   

At the bottom of the screen, you can inspect space by highlighting the drive.

To check the available space in Windows XP, 95, 98 and 2000

  1.    Double click “My Computer.”
  2.    In the window, all the drivers are displayed.
  3.    Select and right-click on one of these.
  4.    Click “Properties” from the drop-down menu.
  5.    The box appeared will show a pie chart imaging the space covered and left in the drive.

To check the available space in Windows Command Line and MS-DOS

  1.    To open MS-DOS prompt, open “Start” and type ‘cmd’ and press enter.
  2.    Click the file to open MS-DOS window.
  3.    To find the available space in the drive, type “dir” and press enter.
  4.    At the end of directory listing, the prompt will display the consumed and available space.

As mentioned before, the process to inspect the space in the drive depends on the OS. The inspection is quite necessary to clean up the disk to create enough space for software.

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