Running out of space on your hard drive? Want to know which files and folders are taking how much space?
SpaceSniffer is a wonderful and useful tool that lets you understand how folders and files are structured on your disks. It creates a treemap visualization layout, so you can have immediate perception of where big folders and files are placed on your disk.
- Fast and easy to use
- Supports drag and drop
- Export module lets you produce customizable textual reports
- Intuitive structure layout, multiple views for different media
- Zoomable elements, navigate like a web browser
- The Windows folders and file popup menu is accessible by right mouse click
- It's possible to restrict the view content by typing simple yet powerful filtering criteria
- Lets you temporary tag files with four different colors and perform filtering on them
- Different views of the same media can show differently filtered elements
- Customizable in geometry, colors, behaviors
- You can navigate even during the scan
- Smart cached scanning engine, multiple views, single scan
- You can refine a zoomed area by a secondary scan process, even with main scan active
- Reacts to file system events, keeps always in synch, warns you by blinking elements
- Can scan NTFS Alternate Data Streams
- It doesn't clutter your registry, only a plain XML configuration file
- It's portable, no installation required, just put the executable somewhere and let's go
- It's freeWare
Select the drive and start a scan process and within seconds see the overall situation in beautifully created tree structure. Bigger are the elements on the view, bigger are folders and files on your disk. You need more detail on a big folder? Just single click on it. The selected element will be detailed with its content.
Need more and more detail? Keep double clicking on the elements and zoom effect will discover more secrets to you. If you’re there to free up some hard drive space
then go for those bigger elements to find out what’s taking how much space.
Maybe you want to focus only on particular file types… ok. Just type the file type on the filter field (example: *.jpg) and press enter. The view will react and show you only JPEG files.
Want to exclude files? Then type a starting pipe before the filter (example: |*.jpg) and press enter. The view will show everything but JPEG files.
A highly recommended application to keep an eye on those unused files and folders even if there is gigs of space free in your hard drive. This is essential to keep your system running smoothly. I’d suggest to run the scan with SpaceSniffer once in a month just as I do.
If you use any other application like this to track files and folders structure, do share with the readers in the comments below.
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