Devices View Storage Usage of Drive in Windows 11

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Storage usage lets you see how your storage is used on a drive and how you can free up space.

This tutorial will show you how to view the storage usage of local storage drives in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: View Storage Usage of Drive in File Explorer
  • Option Two: View Storage Usage of Drive in Settings





OPTION ONE

View Storage Usage of Drive in File Explorer


This option is currently only available in Windows 11 build 22449 Dev Channel and higher.


1 Open This PC in File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Right click or press and hold on any local drive, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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3 In the General tab, click/tap on the Storage usage button. (see screenshot below)

Storage_usage_Properties-2.png

4 Go to step 4 in option two.





OPTION TWO

View Storage Usage of Drive in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Storage on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Storage_usage_Settings-1.png

3 Click/tap on Advanced storage settings on the right side to expand it, and click/tap on Storage used on other drives. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on a drive you want to see the storage usage of. (see screenshot below)

Storage_usage_Settings-3.png

5 You will now see how storage is being used on this specific drive. You can click/tap on each usage item for any available options to manage its storage usage to free up space. (see screenshot below)

Storage_usage_Settings-4.png

6 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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Mooly

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Option 2 works as expected but with Option 1 using File Explorer I'm missing the 'Storage Usage' button and simply see the familiar 'Disc Cleanup' button instead. I'm running 22000.176 build.

What am I missing?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    W11 Pro x64 21H2 22000.51
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3750 17"
    CPU
    Early i5
    Motherboard
    Unknown
    Memory
    8Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Internal
    Hard Drives
    500Gb Crucial SSD
    Internet Speed
    50Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS. No TPM

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but with Option 1 using File Explorer I'm missing the 'Storage Usage' button and simply see the familiar 'Disc Cleanup' button instead. I'm running 22000.176 build.
Mine is the same.
 

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System One System Two

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    Windows 11 Workstation
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    doofenshmirtz evil incorporated
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO Black 32GB (2x16GB) 3600MHz AMD Ryzen Tuned DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB ROG Strix LC OC
    Sound Card
    Sound BlasterX Katana
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x27" Dell U2714H & 1 x 34" Dell
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro 1TB M.2 2280 PCI-e 4.0 x4 NVMe Solid State
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    PSU
    ASUS ROG THOR 850W 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    ASUS ROG Strix Helios Midi-Tower ARGB Gaming Case
    Cooling
    ASUS ROG Strix LC Performance RGB AIO CPU Liquid Cooler - 360mm
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    Logi Ergo
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Vertical
    Internet Speed
    900/100 Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Malwarebytes Pro
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    HP M281 Printer
    Logitech Brio Stream webcam
    Yeti X mic
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    i7

Mooly

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Thanks for checking/confirming. At least its not just me missing something.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    W11 Pro x64 21H2 22000.51
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3750 17"
    CPU
    Early i5
    Motherboard
    Unknown
    Memory
    8Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Internal
    Hard Drives
    500Gb Crucial SSD
    Internet Speed
    50Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS. No TPM

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Option 2 works as expected but with Option 1 using File Explorer I'm missing the 'Storage Usage' button and simply see the familiar 'Disc Cleanup' button instead. I'm running 22000.176 build.

What am I missing?

It appears option 1 is currently only available in Windows 11 build 22449 and higher.

Lower builds haven't had "Disk Cleanup" replaced with "Storage usage" yet.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium

Mooly

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Thanks for the explanation Shawn.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    W11 Pro x64 21H2 22000.51
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3750 17"
    CPU
    Early i5
    Motherboard
    Unknown
    Memory
    8Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Internal
    Hard Drives
    500Gb Crucial SSD
    Internet Speed
    50Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS. No TPM
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