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Deleting games will definitely free up some disk space, but perhaps there is more you could do.

I've noticed that games take lots of space on my drive. If I delete games, does that increase the amount of space I have? I would delete from my Recycle Bin, too.

In this excerpt from Answercast #16, I talk about the amount of space taken up by games and look at some options for effectively cleaning a hard drive.

Deleting games?

Certainly. Deleting games will definitely clear up some space.

Deleting it, obviously, from your Recycle Bin will make sure that deleted space is recovered for other programs to use. It will actually show up as free space.

The reason I hesitate on this question at all is because games is a very vague term. Some games don't use much space, others do. I know that World of Warcraft, for example, is probably the program responsible for the largest amount of disk usage on the primary drive on my desktop machine.

So, absolutely, if I were to uninstall my World of Warcraft, I would recover a lot of free space.

Analyze your disk space

My recommendation instead is that: rather than assuming that the games are taking all this space, use a program called TreeSize. It's in an article, "Where's my disk space going?"

That will allow you to see exactly what's using up the most disk space on your machine, on your hard drive.

What that will allow you to do is:

A) Determine if that particular game is actually guilty and if uninstalling it would have some substantial benefit.

B) More often than not, it will allow you to identify other low-hanging fruit - other things that are easier to delete or just more effective to delete in terms of recovering disk space.

So, that's the direction I would head you off: "Where's my disk space going?"

  • Start by analyzing what's taking up all the disk space;
  • Consider using a tool like CCleaner to clean up some things that can be deleted without concern;
  • And then maybe, identify one or more of the games on your machine as being candidates for deletion to free up some disk space.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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