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Tool to display disk space usage details?

(I'm running Windows 2000).

My 20 GB disk is nearly full, and I'd like to know what it's full of (so that I can know what directories are worth archiving, zipping, or deleting to free up some significant quantity of disk space).

If I do "Properties" on various directories in Explorer, to see how much space is occupied by each directory and its subdirectories, this is too real-time-consuming (because each time I run it for one directory, I have to wait while it enumerates all the underlying files).

What I'd like is a tool that can:

*  Almost instantly (i.e. in near-real-time), display the amount of space required by files a given directory and its subdirectories

*  Or, run overnight, and build a map of all the directories on the disk, and present that data in something like a tree format into which I can instantly drill down to find the directories which take more space than they're worth.

No, I haven't tried Google to search for such a tool.

Christopher Wells
Friday, August 27, 2004

http://www.jgoodies.com/freeware/jdiskreport/index.html

It's written in Java for the GUI but don't let that scare you.  This guy knows how to write fast Swing code.  And it feels almost like a native app with the widgets he's using.

Jeremy
Friday, August 27, 2004

Buy a bigger hard-drive, 20 GB is nothing.


Friday, August 27, 2004

Treesize
http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml

_
Friday, August 27, 2004

Try sequoiaview ( see google )

Greyhound
Friday, August 27, 2004

I second http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview/ .

Just me (Sir to you)
Friday, August 27, 2004

http://www.werkema.com/software/spacemonger.html

Free and does exactly what you want.

www.MarkTAW.com
Friday, August 27, 2004

Hmm. I looked at Sequoia a few years ago and it wasn't ready for prime time. I like the new version though with the colored files, that's really handy to see at a glance what kind of files are clogging your computer.

But I still think spacemonger is just sleightly better because it shows you the directories without having to mouse over the files and when you mouse over a directory it gives you the size. I don't even know if you can mouse over a directory in Sequoia. I'm still guessing what the directory size is in megabytes.

www.MarkTAW.com
Friday, August 27, 2004

I second the bigger hard drive.  Space is so cheap now, that unless you're (legally?) downloading CD or DVD sized movies on a regular basis, you can get a HDD 3-5 times bigger than the one you have now and just not think about it for a few more years.

devinmoore.com
Friday, August 27, 2004

SequoiaView is great.

Also generally to find out directory sizes in a dir you can use Total Commander: press alt-shift enter and it will scan all sub-directories and display their sizes.

TomA
Friday, August 27, 2004

spacemonger

mb
Friday, August 27, 2004

I second JDiskReport, the Java app. It's definitely the best looking and fastest Java app I've seen in ages. Now, if only that guy released it's source....

Ogami Itto
Friday, August 27, 2004

Yeah Spacemonger: http://www.werkema.com/software/spacemonger.html

Matthew Lock
Friday, August 27, 2004

JDiskReport looks good, like a powerpoint presentation with all sorts of almost useful information.

Spacemonger 2 looks great but it's been coming for WAY too long.

www.MarkTAW.com
Friday, August 27, 2004

TreeSize (http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/index.shtml) may be what you're looking for.

GinG
Saturday, August 28, 2004

Check out scanner from http://www.steffengerlach.de/freeware/

It shows you at a glance what the biggest users of your hard disk are (and allows you to delete and uninstall files). It is also free, tiny and does not require installation.

ICBW
Saturday, August 28, 2004

Oh, and if you're wasting that much disk space, you might want to try DoubleKiller http://www.bigbangenterprises.de/en/doublekiller/ which should find any duplicate files you may have on your hard drive and help you delete them.

Another freebie, it's got a great UI and it's very easy to use.

www.MarkTAW.com
Saturday, August 28, 2004

> Spacemonger 2 looks great but it's been coming for WAY too long.

Spacemonger 2 has been my personal example of the Second Syndrome Effect from the Mythical Man Month:  http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?SecondSystemEffect

Matthew Lock
Saturday, August 28, 2004

Try Ace Utilities. http://www.acelogix.com
It has a disk analyzer, and duplicate file finder

anon
Sunday, August 29, 2004

It is a great example.

Based on the screencaps he seems to have a *mostly* working version, but it's still not released, even in beta.

I don't know what's wrong with 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc. Why does he need to add all the features at once? It just seems silly.

I wonder if this could accurately describe what's happening to Microsoft with Longhorn.

www.MarkTAW.com
Sunday, August 29, 2004

WinDirStat.

http://windirstat.sourceforge.net/

Tom_
Sunday, August 29, 2004

http://www.memecode.com/idisk.php

Dmitri Kozlov
Sunday, August 29, 2004

I was about to suggest i.Disk... but you beat me to it Dmitri.

Hey, by the way Dmitri, long time no see! ;) Hope you and the fam are well.

Matthew Allen
Monday, August 30, 2004

I second the recommendation for TreeSize.

James U-S
Monday, August 30, 2004

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