Best Free Soft­ware Wiztree 3.19

Computer Active (UK) - - Con­tents - What you need: Win­dows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1 or 10

In Is­sue 524’s Cover Fea­ture, we looked at how to man­age your PC’S stor­age and, whether you’re look­ing to free up more space or just get a clearer pic­ture of the con­tents of your PC, Wiztree is one tool you should def­i­nitely con­sider. This bril­liant pro­gram can an­a­lyse your PC’S stor­age and show you ex­actly which files and fold­ers are tak­ing up the most space.

Be­cause it reads the mas­ter file ta­ble (MFT) di­rectly from your hard drive, Wiztree is able to scan your stor­age very quickly. It of­fers a vis­ual treemap – a colour-coded graph show­ing the con­tents of your drive that lets you see large files at a glance.

A re­cent up­date added the abil­ity to ex­port use­ful re­ports that you can keep for ref­er­ence or use to get help from some­one. Other re­cently added fea­tures in­clude the op­tion to save the treemap as a PNG file and the abil­ity to se­lect all the files in a par­tic­u­lar for­mat in one go.

Wiztree is free, though its de­vel­op­ers do ask for a vol­un­tary do­na­tion. You can use the tool with­out giv­ing any money, but you will have to put up with a small Do­nate but­ton in the top-right cor­ner, which oc­ca­sion­ally wob­bles slightly.

Win­dows may show a Smartscreen warn­ing when you down­load Wiztree, but it’s safe to in­stall, so ig­nore these. If you pre­fer, there’s also a por­ta­ble ver­sion of Wiztree that you can run with­out hav­ing to in­stall any­thing. Click the Por­ta­ble Zip link on the web page above, then ex­tract the con­tents of the down­loaded ZIP file.

1 Click Scan, then click a square in the treemap to see what’s tak­ing up the most space. More de­tails – in­clud­ing the file name, lo­ca­tion and size – are high­lighted in the Tree View pane.

2 To ex­port in­for­ma­tion about spe­cific files, click the file in the Tree View or the treemap, then click File and se­lect ‘Ex­port to .CSV file…’. Browse to a save lo­ca­tion, click Save, then OK.

3 To ex­port in­for­ma­tion about the en­tire con­tents of your drive, scroll to the very top of the Tree View and click your drive then ex­port (see 2 ). To save the treemap, click File, then ‘Save Treemap Im­age as.png file’.

4 To se­lect all the files of a spe­cific type, make sure the File Types pane is vis­i­ble (if not click Op­tions, Show File Types), then right-click a file type – JPG files, for ex­am­ple – and click Se­lect.

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