We noticed that some games are real storage pigs and require more than 100GB of space, so you want to buy a larger SSD when you have the opportunity. Then DLC and updates arrive, and they take up more space. Do you often clean the room to keep the space free, or are the bars in Windows Explorer always red for you?
How much storage space is available on your PC?
This is our answer, and some from us forum.
Jarred Walton, Senior Editor, Tom’s Hardware: Just this week, while preparing to install Windows 11 on a new SSD, I ran into an interesting problem. I have a 2TB SSD as my main Windows 10 operating system drive, a Kingston KC2000, and I noticed that the game updates in Steam are not performing well. It only has 120GB of free space, so I decided to move some games to the new (mostly empty) Crucial P5 Plus 2TB drive. The data was initially copied at a speed of 100-130 MB/s. Not suitable for M.2 drives! Once I got about 400GB of free space, the read performance soared to 500-700 MB/s. In addition to these two drives, I also have a 4TB Samsung 850 Evo, which is still suitable for mass storage. Moral of the story: The capacity will never be too large. If possible, the capacity of the SSD should not exceed 70-80%.
Nat Clayton, feature film producer: 130 GB. I built this PC with an M2 SSD last year, thinking “yes, 1TB is enough”, forgetting that I work on game media and may need to install new games or record footage from time to time. Nevertheless, the download speed of my old coworking space was incredibly fast, so that uninstalling and reinstalling the game did not stop me (the people there had some heinous settings, which meant that even like MS A beast like Flight Sim only takes one or two hours to download). If I’m completely honest, I really only need enough space for two things: Apex Legends and the video folder of the Apex Legends pop-up window.
Dave James, Head of Hardware: In fact, I still have a hard drive in my gaming PC, which is full of old digital photos from the dark days of my youth and fully legal video and audio files. They are all red, and only 30GB is left between them. Fortunately, there is also 12TB of NVMe storage, spread across several drives to keep them company. One is my 8TB boot drive, and the other is 4TB gum, with my Windows 11 installed on it.
As you may have noticed, the game is not a real storage pig, that’s me.
Sarah James, guide writer: I currently have 820GB of free space out of 2.5TB, but after this weekend, I will add a second m.2 drive to bring my total storage capacity to 3.5TB. But I usually don’t have much problem with space, I will uninstall anything that I know I won’t play anymore soon. I basically only add additional NVMe drives because I am undergoing a major upgrade and it would be rude not to do so.
Harry Shepherd, guide editor: I currently have 1.8 available 3TB, but I hope this will be soon. About six months ago, when I put my current PC together, I ran out of cash after storing 1 TB. This is an expensive Gen 4 M2 drive, but hey, I am looking forward to the future. I have been planning to use the second M2 slot on the new motherboard. As expected, I was tempted by the temptation of Black Friday and picked up a 2TB memory stick. So far, my storage must be very organized, but I predict that the gigabyte gate will now open.
Lauren Morton, Associate Editor: Like Dave, I still have some clumsy hard drives in my system, which contain the old “My Documents” folder from my teenage system, too many photos, and all My six years of Twitch streaming video. Taken together, these Packrat tendencies left me with 139GB on the 2TB hard drive. I still have an easy 2.39TB of free space on my 6TB hard drive, but I can install most of my games on it, and I still have 66GB of free space on my 512GB NVMe boot drive. I think I can safely continue to solve this problem.
Phil Savage, Editor-in-Chief, UK: I have a 2TB SSD dedicated to gaming-this drive is called “gaming”, as you know it. It also has approximately 337 GB of free space. So yes, it is getting lower and lower, but I can cut a lot of things to make room. Take a look at WinDirStat, the biggest space pig now is GTA 5, I haven’t played it for several months; Vermintide 2, I still play occasionally, but it may not be enough to justify its 100 GB charge; and Red Dead Redemption 2, yes, It’s okay too. Elsewhere, I still have 1 TB of free space on my old hard drive, which is full of music, Blu-ray clips, and Shadowplay footage, and 500 GB of free space on the M2 SSD for Windows and various programs. However, these drives are not “games”, so they are useless to my current predicament.
Andy Jock, Newshammer: There is a 500GB SSD, my boot drive has 268GB of free space, and a new 2TB SSD with 666GB of free space. There is also a 1.5TB hard drive and 735GB free, I use it to store music and images (although to be honest, I also have a bunch of other crapola) and an empty 600GB hard drive I recently installed, because it wastes it seems to be a kind of shame.This is a bit confusing (although not as confusing as Dave James), but you will never have too much storage space, although there is absolutely no reason not to switch to SSD now (trust me, you will) no Regret), those cheap, fat HDDs are still valuable as a place to save your low priority stuff.
Batman: I have about 300GB Samsung EVO 1TB solid state drive. I think the main reason is that once I realize that I haven’t played Steam games in a while, I uninstall them very ruthlessly. I only reserve a small area on the desktop for game shortcuts, so when I add new games instead of cleaning up old ones, it really helps to drive home.
Zlos: If you look at Steam’s help menu and select System Information, then scroll down, you can get the exact number. Total available hard disk space: 5722329 MB
Kaamos_Call: According to Steam, there are about 430GB on 3 drives, but I am a snob and I will not install the game on the hard drive anymore. I just picked some things that I haven’t played.
I would love to install all my games because my download speed is not the fastest 50mbps. Sometimes I want to play something, but it’s annoying, I can’t start it directly. Some larger games take several hours to download, and they usually pass by the time it is finished.
Of course, you can copy and paste the Steam game to the home directory, which will be faster, but my old 2TB disc no longer contains everything. It may be time to buy a larger mass storage drive in the new year, and certainly not buying a graphics card anytime soon!
Pifanjr: Enough for Total War: Warhammer 2 update. So about 60 GB.
Sadness: I have two disk drives. My brother bought one for me because he said they were cheap at the time, and I took the risk to plug it in. Such a huge difference.
Total available hard disk space: 1196902 MB
I still need to use TreeSizeFree to clean up my hard drive season by season, but not as frequently as before. The default setting is very small.