Aug 3, 2009

Get The Picture on What is Taking Up Your Drive Space

I happened upon a really neat portable program the other day and thought I would share it with you. Before I get into it I just want to say that at my day job we have a lot of older servers that were built four and five years ago. When they were built they were installed with very little space for the system partition (Between 4 to 6 GB) and the rest was allocated to data.

Well over time Microsoft releases lots of patches, hotfixes and service packs. Not to mention other junk that tends to fill up 4 measly Gigabytes with the quickness.

This program I found, which is free by the way, allows you to get a graphical view of your hard drive to see where all the space is going. The program is called SpaceSniffer.

Here is a description from their website:

SpaceSniffer is a freeWare (donations are welcome) and portable tool application that lets you understand how folders and files are structured on your disks. By using a Treemap visualization layout, you have immediate perception of where big folders and files are placed on your devices. Treemap concept was invented by Prof. Ben Shneiderman, who kindly permitted the use of his concept into this tool.

Here is a screenshot of my hard drive at work… Yuck! Time to clean up!


What utilities do you use to gain insight on your drive space? What do you use to cleanup? Let us know in the comments.

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