How to free up space on a Windows tablet
If you own a tablet running Windows 8, chances are it comes with a fairly small solid state drive (SSD) inside.
With an operating system and basic apps installed, you can quickly run out of room. On most Windows 8 machines, though, there’s a section of between 7-8GB of space reserved for the system restore files, which allow you to quickly repair problems with a misbehaving machine or reset it to factory conditions.
If you don’t mind a little bit of inconvenience should anything ever go wrong with your device, here’s a quick way to free up that space without losing all of Windows’ self-healing abilities.
1. First, you’ll need a USB memory stick with at least 8GB of capacity, which you don’t mind putting to one side and never using again except in emergencies.
You’re going to copy your system restore files to this, and then remove them from your hard drive. If you accidentally write over the drive at a later date you will lose the ability to reset your PC or run Windows’ quick fix restore process. You’ll also lose any data that’s already on the USB drive, so make sure that is copied somewhere else too.
2. Confident that you’re prepared to take that risk? Good. Now put the drive into the USB slot of your tablet.
3. From the Start screen, search for ‘Create a recovery drive’ and tap Enter to start the wizard. Follow the steps to remove all existing files from the drive and begin copying the recovery partition over.
4. Now, you should see a message asking you if you want to delete the recovery partition on your hard drive to free up space. Click Yes.
5. That’s it. Your tablet should restart and you’ll see a new 8GB drive in Windows Explorer empty of stuff to save files into.
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