One of the nice things about the Windows operating system is how many bells and whistles there are to benefit the user. Take, for example, Storage Sense, which is intended to help you deal with some file storage issues that are only too common both at the office and at home. Let’s take a closer look at Storage Sense and how knowing about its capabilities can be so helpful.
Windows offers a setting, referred to as Storage Sense, that helps a user by monitoring and automatically helping to clear storage space on the device. All of those files you’ve forgotten about? Storage Sense can help clear them out, with you either prompting it to clean up files or setting it to automatically kick on when available disk space gets a bit low.
There are certain files that your various applications don’t have any further use for, aptly named temporary files. These can often be found in your Recycle Bin (having been “deleted” but not deleted) or in your Downloads folder amongst all the things you use but haven’t moved elsewhere just yet.
Storage Sense can be set to delete these files Never, or at intervals of every 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, or 60 days…and, if something is in the Downloads folder, it will only be deleted if you haven’t interacted with it within that period of time. You can even have Storage Sense run its check Every day, Every week, Every month, or specifically During low free disk space as an automatic safeguard.
This setting is simple enough to find:
That last step will open a new window where you can set your preferences.
Naturally, to ensure you don’t accidentally lose important files, we recommend that you maintain your backups so that you can replace a file that is mistakenly deleted. Give SCW a call at (509) 534-1530 to learn more about data backup and all of our other managed services and solutions.
About the author
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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