Find Largest Files & Largest Folders
Find the largest files and largest folders with this free folder analysis too. It can be really handy in the disk cleanup process. While there is no built-in Windows option to find large folders there is a FREE Folder Size application that provides this information instantly.
Folder Size is a small disk analysis utility that also has a portable version that does not require installation. The option to find largest files and folders is just one of the many handy features of this neat little tool. It can print directory contents, scan network drives, folders, removable media, display the results in a pie or bar chart, export the results to Excel, CVS, PDF, EMF, XML, JPG, and other file formats.
Download and install Folder Size. Once the application is started select the drive or folder that should be scanned. The scan process is extremely fast and should be complete in seconds, but of course, that depends also on the drive/folder size and speed. Once the scan process is complete all the files and folders are listed with their sizes and detailed information. See below how this looks.
Find Largest Files
The Largest Files Report is accessible from the toolbar where you can choose the type of report that is displayed in the details view. By default, the application displays the “Files and folders” report which is similar to the one of Windows Explorer but provides details for the sizes of the folders, the count of files and sub-folders inside, and many more. In order to activate the Largest Files report, click the arrow next to the currently active report type and select “Largest files”. (see the image on the left).
The report in this mode looks like the one on the picture above but lists the top 100 largest files in the currently selected folder and all its sub-folders. The additional column displays the path for every file.
Selecting a different folder from the folders list on the left instantly updates the report with the largest files that are located inside. There is no need to scan anything further.
Find Largest Folders
The Largest Folders report is similar to the Largest Files report. Instead of files it lists the largest folders inside a folder or drive and all its sub-folders. All the information is presented in a neat report that can be exported in multiple file formats or can be printer or saved for further analysis. There is also a graphical representation with Pie and Bar charts and can be used for navigation too.
The top 100 largest folders are listed here too with their properties and sizes. Finding large folders is extremely easy using this free tool.
Mixed Largest Files and Folders Report
This is a combination of the above two reports and displays a mixed list of the largest files and folders. There are plenty of options that can be accessed via the context menu in all reports. There is an option to locate the file or folder in Windows Explorer. Options to show the properties dialog, copy the path to the selected item, delete the item and many more are available too. The option to remove the item from the list gives an opportunity to evaluate the results of deleting it. If an item is removed it can be easily restored by invoking “Rescan” on the parent folder that owns it.
While there are some similar applications Folder Size is FREE and provides the most accurate results in the shortest time. It is small and does not require much disk space. Even better it does not install any services or components. Such services may slow down the system for a feature that is not used daily. Folder Size is a “must-have” tool for the disk cleanup process. MindGems Inc. provides also some other popular tools some of which have free versions too. There are free duplicate file finder and web gallery software, duplicate image finder, and duplicate mp3 finder. The screenshots above are created with Easy Screen Capture.
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