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tool to find and analyze the kind of files on PC

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could you recommend a tool to show
*what are the major categories of user files on the machine (example: pdf, word, jpg, xls, ppt etc)
*How much space are each category using (example: Word 1GB)
*If able to drill down to see which files they are and where they are located..

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This will do what you need.  There is a 30 day free trial then it is about $25.

http://showsize.com/


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Also ZTree http://www.ztree.com/

Free to try for 30 days.

Requires a little bit of experience and practice but it can do what you require.
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There are numerous utilities to do this.

My preferred tool is the free version of TreeSize:  http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/

There are more fully featured versions that cost a few dollars (Personal & Pro):
http://www.jam-software.com/product_overview.shtml
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Here's a great one I use all the time:  http://windirstat.info/  (WinDirStat).  Completely free Open Source.
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some great choices..

do you see any features in the paid versions that may not be in the open sources?
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If you want to be able to do the third item on your list "*If able to drill down to see which files they are and where they are located.." then that would require a paid version.

WinDirStat which is free will not let you do this but ShowSize will do this easily with a good interface.  You can try the free version and see if it does what you want.

If you only want to be able to do the first two items in your list then WinDirStat free does that for you.
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Clearly there are features in the paid versions that are not in the free versions.    Whether these are worth paying for is entirely up to you.    I'd suggest you install the free version of TreeSize;  see if you're satisfied with the reporting;  and then look at the comparison of the versions on their web site to see if you need the additional features in the Personal or Professional versions.
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satisfied.. appreciate your input..
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