search for file

Hi,

I have a spike on my c: which is taking up nearly all of the drive.  Is there a quick way I can do a search for large files/ recent large files or anything that will point me to where the culprit file is.

the os is win 2008
thanks a lot
Arsenal01Asked:
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NrisimhaCommented:


Select C:drive. Press F3. You want to find a big file. So write in a search field *.*

And for What size is it write At least option the 1000000.

Press Search button.
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NrisimhaCommented:


Sorry, if you would like to see a files at least take a 10 MB then write number 10000.
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NrisimhaCommented:


But if you would like to REALLY remove the garbage than download and use CCleaner:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/

Just run select a Cleaner tag on the left and press Analyze button. After several minutes there will be shon in MB or GB how much garbage you have.

And after Analyzing finish just press Run Cleaner button and you will be very satisfied.


Nrisimha
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Arsenal01Author Commented:
Hey Thanks for you quick reply.. does treesize need to be installed, just thinking of change process etc?
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NrisimhaCommented:

Dear Arsenal01,

The best FREEWARE software in the world, that will with high security remove a unnecessary files from your hard disk is CCleaner !!!


regards

Nrisimha
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mattyb_Commented:
The best file searching application IMHO is Agent Ransack
Definitely on Windows 7, 2008 & 2010 as the inbuild search is rubbish.

It's very powerful and you can search for files over a certain size and amended or created within a time frame.
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mattyb_Commented:
If you want an indication as to where you disk space is going to , Space Sniffer is a great tool to display in a graphical format your drive and space taking up by files / folders
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BillDLCommented:
My personal preference for enhanced search using 3rd party products is "SearchMyFiles" by Nir Sofer:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html
Works in Win2000 to 7 and is a standalone "portable" program in that it saves its user preferences to a *.CFG file in the same folder as the program and doesn't create new keys of values in the registry UNLESS you choose to add it to the indows Explorer Context Menu in the options.  It also benefits from supporting command line options for the purposes of creating reports.

For a purely graphical representation, I second KCTS's recommendation of TreeSize or TreeSize Pro.  It's very intuitive.

What about just doing a DIR listing by file size, largest first:

dir /a-d /o-s "C:\*.*">C:\FileSizeList.txt
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BillDLCommented:
Thank you Arsenal01
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