PC HDD space checking

peggiegreg
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Hi Experts,

does anyone know of an application/software that will disclose what parts of my HDD are storing the most data. I want it in black and white. Path + Ammount of space used.

hopefully someone can help!

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WinDirStat is the most useful for me (it's free too!)
It's a graphical UI though, not a text file reporting tool.
Also, "path + amount" would mean it's going to be a LOT of folders, and it's not clear if you want root paths, or sub folders, etc etc. That's why a graphical user interface is more useful in these cases. You see what's using a lot, and you drill down the tree structure to find out more info.
That's because only the root folder info is not useful, but neither are all the final folders. It's a combination of both.
Some end folders have a lot of big files. Sometimes it's a set of folders with smaller files, but combined makes the parent folder so big.
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Thanks Guys, I downloaded Space Sniffer which was free (spacesniffer_1_1_4_0). using it I was able to quickly find a bunch of text files storing 26gb on a PC. the 26gb was hidden in folders in folders!

I am going to have  a play around with TreeSize as this seems to be the favourite for the majority.

@Kimputer, I see what you mean now I have actually used it with the GUI.

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