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Treesize Free – excellent freeware helps you identify space hogs on your hard drive

Treesize

Treesize Free is one of my favourite freeware programs, because it’s so darn useful. Every so often I pop it open and press scan to take a look at the files and folders that are hogging space on my hard drive. And I never cease to be amazed at the results. For instance yesterday I ran a quick scan and discovered that Joost is using a whopping 1 GB + of my drive for goodness knows what (caching?). And that Adobe’s raw images cache was a similarly huge size. I reckon we all could be giving over 10s of gigabytes of space to rubbish nowadays without realising it. Use this tool and make sure you get back what’s yours.

 Every hard disk is too small if you just wait long enough. TreeSize Free tells you where precious space has gone to. TreeSize Free can be started from the context menu of a folder or drive and shows you the size of this folder, including its subfolders. You can expand this folder in Explorer-like style and you will see the size of every subfolder. Scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize Free is working. The space, which is wasted by the file system, can be displayed and the results can be printed in a report.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • Andy

    A similar program that gives an interesting visual representation of every file on your hard drive is WinDirStat for Windows, or KDirStat for Linux (KDE).
    windirstat.info
    kdirstat.sourceforge.net

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