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Tool to show last known modification of folders

I have a client that has ran out of space on one of the partitions on a server their medical machines sends data to.   I sent the client a screen shot of the partition showing full along with all the parent folders that are in that drive.   The client asked that to pick a directory and remove data that has not been accessed for the past 2 years.   The problem is that unless the parent folders were modified I could risk deleting sub folders that did have modify changes made to them unless I look at every directory one 1 by 1 and verify the last change.   This will take forever.   Can someone recommend a free tool that will show me the entire contents list of a drive including all folders and which ones are over years old that can be deleted?  They are currently unable to work because of this.  I just dont want to risk deleting data that is needed because 1 folder lists from 2014 but the sub folders under it may list from 2020.
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Gerald thank you I will try this.   

Just think carefully about your approach.  I typically work from the lowest level of branches, and work back up toward the top.  But even that is tricky, since if I start in say c:\basedir\sub1\sub2 and Sub2 modification date is "old", and there are only "old" files and folders under it, then as soon as you start removing some of those, the date of Sub2 will be updated to the current date.  So then it will look like it isn't a candidate, when in fact it may be.

In a case like you are describing too, where space is the primary concern in the short term, I try and find the largest of the old files and target them first.  That way with a smaller amount of work you can get the situation back under control quickly.  Then you can return to the laborious task of visiting all folders to see what state / age they are in and do further cleaning.


Thanks Bill much appreciated!!! 

Glad to hear that this help you . Thanks  Andrew !