Visualise drive space
Locating where those spacehogging files are can be an art in itself, particularly if you’ve exhausted all the usual suspects, such as your Pictures, Documents and other user folders. You could, of course, laboriously go hunting inside every single folder manually, right-clicking and choosing Properties, then waiting while its contents are totted up and a folder size produced, but a better option is to employ the services of a third-party tool designed to provide a visual overview of your drive’s state. CCleaner offers a Disk Analyzer under Tools that enables you to search by one or more file categories and storage drives, providing a useful graphical summary and a list of files in order of file size. Right-click a file to reveal various options, including that all-important delete option.
For a broader overview of what’s taking up space on your PC, try Treesize Free (www. jam-software.com/treesize_ free/), which also provides you with a tree map alongside a details view that offers a block-like visualisation of the selected drive. Simply doubleclick on a folder to drill down, and Treesize Free will display the information you need – such as the size of files.
Treesize Free can help you track down where those space-hogging files and folders reside on your computer’s storage drives.