What To Do
The simplest way to free up hard drive space on a Sony VAIO laptop is to delete unneeded and unwanted programs. If a computer is bought from a retail store, there's usually a lot of extra programs and features that were installed, some you may not use or even need. The important thing is to discover what these programs do and why you may want to keep them.
Some of these programs may have been trial offers, which expire after a certain amount of time unless the user purchases the software. If you aren't using the software or the program, you should have it uninstalled. Most programs will have an uninstall feature that allows it to be removed from the system. The best way of doing this is by going through the Add/Remove Programs, which is featured on Microsoft Windows systems.
Add/Remove Programs can be located by going to the Control Panel; once it's selected, it will begin to load all of the programs and updates that are currently installed on the hard drive. Locate programs that you know you are not using; only uninstall programs you are familiar with. If you run across something you aren't sure of, leave it until you discover what the program is for and what it does.
This limits any accidental removal of programs that could be important.
There are also third party programs that will not only uninstall the program, but any files that are associated with the program, thus ensuring the program is completely removed.
You can also do a disk clean up, which cleans up unused files and the recycle bin. This option can be found by opening My Computer and then right clicking the C: drive. When the box opens to reveal what can be deleted, click on the names to get more information.