The Internet has expanded to a phase where no one can calculate how much data is being shared on the Internet. Same is the case with data storage. With the passage of time, we need more data storage. Now the requirement of data storage has reached into TBs even for the casual users. This is because if we are saving high definition movies to our hard drives, we will eventually fill a 1 TB hard drive with only a few movies. That is the time when we need to clean up our hard drives in order to free up some space to be able to save more data. Analyzing the hard drive data is no easy job. If the drive is organized into many folders and sub-folders, it’s almost impossible go through each and every folder and see which files are taking the most space in the folder and drive. Disk space analyzers come very handy in this situation and serve as a different alternative to Windows Explorer just to analyze the file sizes in a very handy, helpful and visual way.
Today we are going to talk about DiskSavvy which is a disk space analyzer and helps the user analyze and then visualize the hard drive content so that we can see which files are taking the most space in a particular folder or drive. The advantage of DiskSavvy over other disk analyzer software is that it can analyze remote and external drives in addition to the locally installed drives. The remote and external drives include network shares and NAS storage devices. The installation of DiskSavvy is quite simple and requires a few clicks on the Next buttons. You can download and install DiskSavvy and then proceed further to know how to use the software. When DiskSavvy is started for the first time, it displays a dialog box with three options:
- Process System Files
- Process Directory Links and Junctions
- Process and Show Files’ User Names
You can check the options as per your needs. These options can be changed later under Tools –> Advanced options. So if you don’t understand the function of each option, just uncheck all and proceed to the main screen.
On the main screen you will need to enter the input directories which need to be analyzed. You can select a single directory or the whole drive to analyze. Click on the Analyze button on the toolbar to start the analysis process.
After the analysis is completed, the results are divided into two panes. The upper pane contains the folder names, the number of files included in the folders, the space occupied by the folder and the % space taken by the folder as compared to the total drive. The lower pane categorizes the files into extensions by default but you can categorize into different types like file size, creation time, modification time etc. To visualize this data, just click on the Charts button on the toolbar and you’ll get a nice pie chart. From this, you can easily see which folders and files are taking the most space in that particular drive or folder which was analyzed.
One unique feature that DiskSavvy offers is that you can select a particular file or folder and then go to Command –> Compress and Move to. This will compress the whole folder or file and then move to a different location making some space in the hard drive. You can also check out other interesting commands in the Command menu. How do you clean up your hard drive after it has gotten filled up? Do you use a disk analysis program? Which one is the software of your choice? Please share your thoughts in comments below.
Usman is a regular author at Technology.am who occasionally contributes to the blog with technology tips, tricks and news. He also writes on Technize.net technology blog.