Determine Your Device’s Storage Capacity It may be necessary to determine your device’s storage capacity before you decide to install a new operating system, program, or app, or if you want to transfer a large number of files to your computer or mobile device. For example, a new program you want to install may state that it requires a certain amount of storage capacity, so you should verify the storage capacity available on your device before deciding to purchase and install the program. One way to determine a device’s total storage capacity is to review the documentation or specifications that were included with your computer or mobile device. The following steps guide you through the process of determining your device’s storage capacity using other methods. Computers
a. Open the window that shows the available storage devices on the computer.
b. Press and hold or right-click the drive for which you want to display the total storage capacity and then select the option to display the drive properties.
c. Navigate to the location showing the total storage capacity and available storage space. Or
a. Some operating systems allow you to hover your pointer over the icon representing the drive for which you want to determine the storage capacity, and the storage information will appear. Mobile Devices
a. Display the device settings.
b. Navigate to the storage settings.
c. If necessary, navigate to the screen showing the total storage capacity and available storage space.
1. What are other reasons why you might need to determine the total storage capacity or available storage space on your computer or mobile device?
2. Does the total storage capacity displayed on your computer or mobile device match the exact amount advertised when you purchased your computer or mobile device? If not, what might cause the discrepancy?
3. How much storage space is available on your computer or mobile device? What steps can you take if the storage on your device is almost completely used?