Note To Self - How to Reclaim Disk Space in a Hurry (Windows 10)


When you suddenly discover that your disk is full, consider doing the following:

  1. Work out where the disk is being used, with tree size free
$ cinst -y treesizefree
  1. If you don’t use hibernation on your machine you could save a lot of space by turning it off
$ powercfg.exe /hibernate off
  1. Compact the WSL disk if you use WSL
$ wsl --shutdown
$ optimize-vhd -Path "C:\Users\a30006806\AppData\Local\Docker\wsl\data\ext4.vhdx" -Mode full
  1. Purge unwanted docker images and containers
$ docker system prune

If that still doesn’t reclaim enough space, then there is the ‘nuclear options’, described here by Marc Roussy.

Enjoy