5 tips to free up hard drive space on your Windows 10 PC | Windows Central. Modern SSD drives are smaller than traditional drives. My notebook has 256 GB of space, which you would think is plenty. Over time, however, we install programs that we never use, we acquire all sorts of duplicate files, plenty of photos, which get larger as camera capacity and sensors get better, and old versions of Windows hang around after we upgrade. If you want your computer to run faster and better, clean up the drive.