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How do I search for large folders on Windows 7
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by:joinaunion
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Right click your start button select open windows explorer. On the left select computer or c: drive. Now in the top right corner it will say search computer or c: drive. Type the folder name there.
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by:Michael Dyer
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I use a program from PC Magazine called DiskPie - it shows you pie charts of the folders and makes it easy to find the largest folders and files for cleanup.  You can download the latest version here:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,12804,00.asp
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by:ccattron
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Thank you. I will try it.
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Bob Bender earned 250 total points
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A frtiend told me of thisa freeware copy...  i liked it


GetFolderSize

Pros: Lots of options, quite fast
Cons: No graphical displays
Download page:  www.snapfiles.com/get/getfoldersize.html
License type: Unrestricted freeware
System requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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I'm a huge fan of NirSoft's (free!) utilities, which I've been using for many years:
http://www.nirsoft.net/

One of them is SearchMyFiles:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/search_my_files.html

Scroll to the bottom of the page at the above URL for the download links. Note that there are both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. It is a no-install/stand-alone executable — just unzip the file and run the EXE.

When you run it, you'll see this Search Options dialog:

SMF Search Options
Select Summary Mode, set your Base Folder, tick the Find Files box, untick Find Folders, and set whatever other parameters you want, such as the Modified Time Range or Scan Subfolders to an Unlimited depth. If you'd like to see who owns the files, click the Options menu and tick Retrieve File Owner.

You have total control over the columns in the report via the View menu, then Choose Columns. Here's the column header of what the report looks like with all columns selected:

SMF report header
You may sort by any column, and you may save the report as an HTML file (via the View menu) which loads perfectly into Excel:

SMF sample Excel report
I like doing this as it provides total control over sorting and formatting (I removed the folder path and name for security reasons). This report shows precisely how large each folder is and can easily be sorted in folder size order, with the largest folders at the top (as shown in the screenshot above). Regards, Joe
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