How to use the Windows 10 storage detection feature

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Microsoft's release of Windows 10 has created quite a stir lately. While the Windows team has struggled to create a state-of-the-art version for desktop users, to many who had cooled down so far for the update, it feels more like an updated Windows 7. So when we tested our hands on Windows 10, we were surprised to find that many of the features of the desktop version are similar to what the operating system offers in its mobile version.
Storage Sense is one of those new features offered on both mobile devices and desktops. What is noteworthy here is that Windows did not support the personal file redirection feature in its previous versions, particularly at a time when it was necessary to perform a repair installation or upgrade to future Windows updates.
However, Windows 10 Storage Sense offers more flexibility by allowing users to redirect personal files to different drives. This is certainly a refreshing feature that was much needed, however there is more that Storage Sense has to offer and it is something we will be discussing today on this blog.

How to access Storage Sense in Windows 10?

To try out some truly remarkable features of Storage Sense, let's find out the correct procedure for using the feature.
Open the "Settings" option (press the Windows key + i) and then click "System".

Now it detects the "StorageIn the list on the left and click on it.

It is also possible to reach the desired destination using the keyboard shortcut keys, ie the Windows key + Q and type “storage sense” and press the “Enter” button.
Finds "Drives"Y"Save locations"
So once you open the “Storage” section, you can see that there isn't much in the user interface. However, it lists all the drives it contains very well like flash drives, internal drives, and more. You can also find the “Save locations” option which allows you to change the default locations for saving documents, videos, music, applications or images.

Experience the power of "Storage Sense"

Now click on the drive where Windows 10 is installed (“Systems” drive) where you can see how much space your personal data is using with the help of Storage Sense.

To make your life easier, each type of data is classified with different colors. This helps you identify target data much faster. However, for some, it may not calculate storage data correctly for all personal folders and may end up showing zero bytes. Although we're not really sure if the Windows team is familiar with this error and plans to fix it soon.
Clicking on any of the data types will open a detailed list of its contents.

Storage Sense works perfectly for video storage as it opens up elaborate details of the content it contains. Storage Sense also demonstrates its competence to discover those videos that have been saved in the heart of the drive and that are also stored in locations other than the normal personal Videos folder. However, you won't find many details in other shell folders like Documents, Music, and Pictures.
And what about apps and games?

On the other hand, the other categories like Applications and Games will take you to the Application Library which will allow you to easily manage your applications. By managing apps we mean that you can uninstall apps or even move them to other locations at your convenience. The app move feature was already available in the initial Windows 10 previews and will potentially be available in Windows 8.1 as well, however it has not yet been included on personal computers.
Move your data with "Save location"
As we all know, Windows 10 officially supports Personal Folder Redirection. While this feature in the latest version of Windows is just an elaborate way to save data to drives other than the default location, this is an instant hit considering its innovation.
This feature is particularly suitable for those configurations where there is a considerably larger machine-like hard drive along with a small SSD installed in the PC. Then, to create a new default location for your saved documents, you can just click on the list below “Save locationsAnd select a drive of your choice to save the documents. This is all you need to do to change the default storage location for your documents with the help of “Storage Sense”.

Read also: How to change the default installation folder of Windows 10 apps

However, many of the users who recently upgraded to Windows 10 may not initially be impressed with the "Storage Sense" feature, considering they never had a feature in previous versions that could help you organize your personal files and control your files. your data. in such a simple way, this is definitely a blessing for everyone.
What is striking here is the opportunity to obtain a detailed description of the conservation status of your personal data and the ease with which it is possible to manage them. All it takes is a quick wave of your hands to manage your personal data now!
Elabora snapshot

  1. Open "Settings" - Click on "System" - Locate the "Storage" option Or press Windows key + Q, type "storage direction" and press the "Enter" button.
  2. Find the list of SD cards, flash drives, internal drives in "Storage" and also "Save locations".
    “Save Locations” allows you to change the default location for saving documents, music, images and videos.
  3. Open the system drive where Windows 10 is located.
  4. Storage Sense will automatically calculate the storage space occupied by your personal data.
  5. Clicking on one of the listed categories will open a detailed content analysis.
  6. The Videos folder is particularly forked compared to Music, Pictures, or Documents.
  7. Applications and games allow easy management of applications through the application library, for example by moving or uninstalling applications.
  8. Change the default location of the data to save them by clicking on the list in “Saved Locations” and now select the desired drive to save the data.

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