How to maximise your SSD storage space
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SSD hard drives are great things, and can mean the difference between having a fast PC and a slow PC, even when it's all brand new. If you have an SSD, you'll likely already know this.

The biggest downfall of SSDs though, is that for the amount of money you pay for a ~128GB SSD, you can get a 1-2TB mechanical hard drive. ~128GB really isn't enough, nor is ~256GB, at ~512GB you're getting there, but to be on the safe side you would really want something around the ~768GB or more range, which is extremely costly. We generally recommend to customers getting a ~128GB SSD as their primary storage device and at least a 1TB mechanical drive for the non-speed essential things, like their less favourite/new games, downloads, photos, etc.

As larger amounts of RAM are becoming more and more popular and necessary, the following information will be vital to making the most of the SSD you have.

Windows, by default, has "Hibernation" enabled as one of the power options. It's quite similar to "Sleep", but even by having the hibernation option enabled, it utilises approximately as much RAM as your system has available on your primary storage device (your costly SSD). So, if you have 8GB of RAM, it will use around 8GB of your C: drive. If you have 32GB of RAM, it can reserve up to 32GB of your precious SSD space!

Luckily, switching Hibernate off is relatively easy, by following the steps outlined on Microsoft's support website, we can instantly save a few GBs of extra space, without deleting anything meaningful to you or the system.

Microsoft Support Wrote:To make hibernation unavailable, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
  2. In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
  3. When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
  4. At the command prompt, type powercfg.exe /hibernate off, and then press Enter.
  5. Type exit, and then press Enter to close the Command Prompt window.
Check in My Computer, your C: drive should have a few extra GB for your use!

We can assure you that the above, if carried out correctly, is 100% safe. We've done it here at work (although nowhere near running out of space), and I've done it on my SSD-driven laptop.
If you ever find it necessary to re-enable hibernation, you can follow the steps outlined on Microsoft's website (or basically follow the above steps, but instead of "off" replace it with "on").

There are plenty of other tricks out there to speed up your SSD and save more space, this is by far one of the easiest ways to free up space, and only involves disabling a feature you probably never knew existed - "Sleep" mode is sufficient anyway.
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