And then we get that dreaded pop-up balloon from the tray saying low disk space. Well, shit happens!
And while purchasing it, you wondered why would you ever need a 500 GB hard disk. Turns out, over a long time, your operating system or your software may end up doing what you resolved not to do–that is, fill up your disk space.
From its Wikipedia entry:
WinDirStat is a graphical disk usage analyzer for Microsoft Windows, notable for presenting a sub-tree view with disk use percentage alongside a usage-sorted list of file extensions that is interactively integrated with a colorful graphical display (a treemap).
Let me just share some salient points of WDS below:
- WinDirStat allows you to not just identify the large files, but also delete them using something called ‘built-in cleanup actions’.
- And all this while remaining extremely user-friendly. The generated views are sorted by file size, so that one can focus on the biggest offenders 🙂
- Statistics about the file types help in quickly identifying the offending file types, as well.
- It is completely free and available as a portable app too.
As an example, check below, an analysis my Windows 7 64-bit installation, which is ~1 year old now. 22.5 GB in just the Windows folder? Holy shit MicroSoft!