No matter how many hundreds of gigabytes or terabytes of digital storage we have at our disposal, we’ll always find some way to get our drives full of random things. We’re talking about games like Overhit, Garena Free Fire or any heavy RPG game for that matter, that take up several GBs of Disk Space. This seems to be something of Murphy’s law in terms of disk space, since it always happens that we end up with all of our partitions on red, regardless of how large our HDDs are.
There’s a reason why the Internet is full of memes with the iconic LOTR scene of casting the One Ring into the fire of Mount Doom, but with the former being supplanted by immense folders with homework, random pictures nobody has opened in years, or other paraphernalia.
We’re certainly fond of our 10-year old CS highlight reels. We’re not watching them anymore, but they’re definitely not going anywhere.
Why Disk Space Is Important
Having your hard drives full all the time is problematic for the performance of your machine. Windows, for instance, will gradually slow down the more clogged its system drive is. In fact, all operating systems normally store temporary information on their system drives. This is necessary for certain applications – such as games, videos on YouTube, or what-not – to run smoothly.
When your drives get too full, your computer’s application performance starts to decrease. Programs no longer respond to your commands in a crisp, timely fashion, and you find yourself waiting on things to load for a longer period of time than you spend doing what you want to do.
As you can see in the example above, 21GB of storage for just a couple of apps is a bit too much. And we don’t want unnecessary files left behind from applications we’ve previously uninstalled to spike our latency in-game.
Particularly when we were this close to winning our Free Fire match, it would have been disastrous for our PC to crash the application or stutter because it doesn’t have enough room on the hard disk. Lack of space can also prevent you from installing new applications. Luckily, we can free up this unused disk space in a matter of minutes.
Using the Disc Compactor to Delete Unnecessary Files
This method applies to anyone who is running a BlueStacks version 22.214.171.1246 and higher. By all means, you should now be running BlueStacks 126.96.36.1991. You can check your version on the top left corner of the BlueStacks window, on the left of your Home tab. If you’re not running the most recent version, you can easily upgrade to it by downloading the application again from our website.
The newer version has several noteworthy improvements, including a Record Screen function and much more. Don’t worry, though, you won’t be losing any of your application data in the update.
Why do we need to use the Disc Compactor tool? Well, Android applications sometimes have a habit of leaving files behind after they are uninstalled. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but the outcome is invariably the same – your precious free space is taken up by more and more unnecessary files. Whether you’re a bit of a clean freak like us or you just need some extra space to install your favourite game, this tool is an easy answer to get rid of all the junk left behind by various applications.
Step 1: Bring Up the Run Window
Press “Windows Key + R”. The Windows key is the one located between your Ctrl and Alt. Some keyboards have stylized it with the Windows logo. For laptops, there will also be a Fn (function) key alongside it. This should open the Run window in Windows regardless of the application you are in. Type “C:\Program Files\BlueStacks\DiskCompactiontool.exe” and press “OK.”
Step 2: The cleaning tool dialogue will come up.
Then, the Compactor will close BlueStacks and start merging the disk. Depending on your machine, it will take a few minutes to finish. If you have an older PC, we recommend you put your feet up and grab a non-fiction book. Don’t try to do other tasks on the computer if your disk is running at capacity. We know it’s tempting, but it will only slow things down.
Disk Cleanup in Progress
Step 3: All Done!
After only a couple of minutes you should have much more free space than before. You’ll also get a confirmation message that will ask you if you want to run the app. Now, you’re free to play or install anything you might want on your BlueStacks without having to worry about performance issues or lack of space. We got rid of just over 1GB worth of rubbish we didn’t even know was there. Pretty neat, huh?
Disk Cleanup Successful
For us, the last step was celebrating a job well done. We find great satisfaction when we take pleasure in the small things. And what better way to enjoy an amazing Android emulator running on a smooth computer than to win a Free Fire game? Can we get a dab? Let’s make it a double.