If your hard disk is cluttered and you are looking for a way to clean some files that are older than any specific date, how would you do it? There are two methods, one by using the default Windows Explorer search feature and the other is using 3rd party tools called Clean Drive and File Searcher.

Method 1 – Using Windows 7 Explorer Search

Open Windows Explorer and select the search box. Under Search Filter click Date Modified.



windows 7 search filter


Now you can either choose a date or a date range. The data range can be selected by clicking one date and dragging it to another date.



date range windows 7


But what if you want to search for all files older than a specific date? In that case you will have to put <>


datemodified:<11/9/2009



date modified


Now once all files older than a specific date are listed, you can easily browse them and delete those which you don’t need anymore.

Method 2 – Using Clean Drive

Clean Drive is a free utility that can list all files that are older than a specific date. It does however lack advanced features. We have covered one powerful search tool before called File Searcher which can help in searching the files by date, size, file type, content, and more.


Clean Drive


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