How to check the storage usage of your Drive in Windows 11

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The article details the process of viewing drive storage usage in Windows 11. One can see the amount of storage used and available either through the File Explorer by right-clicking the disk and selecting Properties, or through the Settings app by navigating to System -> Storage settings. Both methods show identical data.

This article describes the steps to view drive storage usage in Windows 11.

In Windows, one can use storage usage details to see drive storage used and how much free storage space is left. If you run out of storage space on your Windows device, you’ll be unable to save new files or sign into your computer.

Checking the storage usage of your drive in Windows 11 is essential because it helps you understand how much space is being used and how much space is left. This information helps determine whether you need to free up space by deleting unnecessary files or transferring files to an external drive.

It also helps you avoid running out of storage space, which can cause issues such as being unable to save new files or sign into your computer.

Regularly checking your drive storage usage ensures that your device is running smoothly and avoids any potential storage-related problems.

How to check drive usage and how much free space is left in Windows 11

As described above, one can use storage usage details to see drive storage used and how much free storage space is left.

Here’s how to find out storage usage in Windows 11

Check storage usage in File Explorer

Windows File Explorer can provide details about drive storage usage. Open File Explorer or use the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + E) to get that.

In File Explorer standard view under This PC, right-click the Lock Disk (C:) and select Properties.

windows 11 right click lock disk and select properties updated
Windows 11 Right-click lock disk and select properties updated

When the Lock Disk (C:) Properties window opens, click on the Details or Storage usage button under the General tab.

windows 11 storage detail button
Windows 11 storage detail button

On the Storage used on other drives -> Local Disk (C:), you will see how the Storage is used. Click on the individual item to manage and possibly free up some space.

windows 11 storage usage pane
windows 11 storage usage pane

View storage usage from Windows Settings app

The same information above can be accessed via the Windows Settings app.

Click on the Start menu button and select Settings. You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

windows 11 new settings button
windows 11 new settings button

When the Settings app opens, click the System button on the left.

system button in windows settings app
system button in the Windows settings app

On the right, click the Storage tile to expand.

windows settings app storage tile
Windows settings app storage tile

On the System -> Storage settings pane, click on the Advanced storage settings tile to expand. On the expanded tile, select Storage used on other drives tile to expand further.

windowss 11 storage used on other drives tile
windows 11 storage used on other drives tile

Next, select the drive for which you want to view its storage usage report. In this case, click on Lock Disk (C:).

windows 11 local disk in the settings app
Windows 11 local disk in the settings app

You should see how the Storage is used, similar to the previous screen above.

windows 11 storage usage pane
windows 11 storage usage pane

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to view storage usage in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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