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Man­age your hard drives us­ing Asham­poo Disk-space-ex­plorer 2018 Min re­quire­ments: Win­dows 7/8+/ 10 File size: 11.2MB

Hard-drive ca­pac­ity has grown sub­stan­tially in re­cent years. If you’re look­ing to buy a new drive for a desk­top sys­tem, one ter­abyte ( 1TB) will prob­a­bly be your min­i­mum start­ing point, and you can pick up a 4TB SATA drive for around £ 100. A cou­ple of years ago, that would have seemed like an im­mense amount of stor­age – and it still is – but the vol­ume of large files we keep on our PCS these days makes it sur­pris­ingly easy to fill a huge drive in quite a short space of time

Asham­poo’s Disk-space-ex­plorer 2018 scans your hard drive(s) to pro­vide a de­tailed break­down of where your free space has van­ished to. You can view the re­sults by Files (the list can be sorted by name, size or size per­cent­age), Struc­ture (files and fold­ers) or File For­mats. That last op­tion is fully cus­tomis­able, so you can choose which cat­e­gories to in­clude and which file ex­ten­sions to look for.

The pro­gram dis­plays in­for­ma­tion in the form of a chart, so you can see at a glance which files and fold­ers are tak­ing up the most space. You can switch be­tween pie chart or bar chart, or view both. Nav­i­gat­ing through the fold­ers gives you a good idea of which files are tak­ing up space and where, and right-click­ing lets you view an item in Win­dows Ex­plorer, or delete it (if you’re sure it’s safe to do so).

Note that to use this free soft­ware, you need to en­ter a valid email ad­dress and pass­word to cre­ate a new Asham­poo ac­count.

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