How Do I Free Up Space on My Seagate External Hard Drive?

How do I free up space on my Seagate external hard drive when it almost gets full? You can find some methods to erase Seagate external hard drive here completely.


By Dervish / Updated on May 12, 2023

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About Seagate external hard drive get full

As we all know, Seagate external hard drive is a famous external storage device. With its portability, design, performance and other advantages, it is loved by many computer users. Most people like to use it for cloning internal disks, storing work/personal data or other uses.

You might be wondering how do I free up space on my Seagate external hard drive when there is not enough space, because space almost full affects its read and write speeds. Don't worry, this article will provide you with the most effective solutions to free up your external hard drive space.


How to clear my Seagate external hard drive (2 ways)

How do I clean up my Seagate external hard drive? I suggest you try AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, which is a powerful hard drive optimizer for Windows 11, 10, 8, 7. Its built-in function "Delete Large Files" can help you locate and delete unnecessary large files. Besides, "App Mover" can also move programs or folders stored in Seagate external hard drive to another drive for freeing up space.

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▶ Delete large files

This function can scan all large files in Seagate external hard drive, and you can see the detailed information of these large files from the scan results, including file location, file size and last access time. And some important files will be automatically marked in red, so you need to be careful when handling them. Finally, you just click "Delete" to completely delete the target files from the device to free up space.

Step 1. Download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Then, select "Delete Large Files" under the "Free up" menu.

Delete Large Files

Step 2. In the new window, select the target partition or folder and click "Start Scan".

Start Scan

Step 3. Here, all files will be listed from largest to smallest, which is also how to find largest file on Windows. Then, check the files you want to delete and click "Delete".


Step 4. The next window will summarize all the files you have selected. After confirming, click "Delete Now" to submit the operations.

Delete Now

▶ Move installed programs to another drive

If there are some programs installed on the Seagate external hard drive that you don't want to delete, then you can move it to another drive to free up space on the external hard drive.

Step 1. Click “Tools” on the right, then select the “App Mover” under "Free up". 

Free Up Space

Step 2. There are two options: App Mover and Move Folders. Here, we choose App Mover. If you need to move folders, you can select the latter one.

Two Options

Step 3. Then, select the external hard drive and click "Next".

Select Partition

Step 4. Choose the apps you want to move and select the destination location, then click "Move".

Move Adobe

Step 5. In the pop-up window, you need to read the prompts. Click "OK" to begin the process.


How do I delete all files from my Seagate external hard drive?

If you want to clear all the data on the external hard drive for selling or reuse, you can also use “Wipe Hard Drive” to permanently erase the data on the target hard drive, and guarantee that the data will not be leaked.

Step 1. Locate the Seagate external hard drive and right-click on it to select “Wipe Hard Drive” from the drop-down menu.

Wipe Hard Drive

Step 2. In the pop-up mini window, choose a proper method to wipe it according to your specific requirements.

Fill Sectors

 Fill sectors with random data: It will overwrite your hard drive with random data to all sectors, making it even more difficult to recover important files.
● DoD 5220.22-MIt overwrites a drive with a set of zeros, ones, and data through 3 passes. It is safer but slower.
● Gutmann: It performs 35 passes to overwrite a drive, and it erases more thoroughly compared with the other methods.

Step 3. Click "Apply” to confirm the operation and click “Proceed” to execute the pending operations.



How do I free up space on my Seagate external hard drive? You can find out the answers in this tutorial. If you accidentally deleted a partition on Seagate external hard drive, don't worry, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can be a Seagate partition recovery software too.

Dervish · Staff Editor
Dervish is an English editor of AOMEI Technology; He is delicated to offering users easy and effecitve solutions for issuses related to disks and partitoins. In his spare time, he enjoy wathcning films, playing footable, traveling and so on.