Visu­alise drive space

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 -

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.

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