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visualize hddIt seems like every time I get that shiny new desktop or laptop, within a month’s time I’m beginning to wonder where all of that disk space has gone. I’m a little bit of a hoarder and collector, and serial torrent freak, and I’m not shy when it comes to letting my disks fall below 10% available space (which I don’t recommend, by the way).

When I’ve got to go back and right my wrongs, it’s helpful to be able to use something more extensive and useful than Windows’ old default Explorer and Search. They don’t really get the job done for me. I need to see my disk from the top down and figure out which file or folder is being the hog. The tool I’m going to introduce to you today – DiskSavvy, will do just that.

Click here to check out the official DiskSavvy website!

Disk Savvy is a piece of Windows software that will allow you to analyze local and external disks. You can also use Disk Savvy to explore network shares and NAS devices. DiskSavvy Pro is just $10, but they also offer a freeware alternative to the software that really gets the job done.

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Initial configuration is run upon first-time launch of the application, and from there running your disk analysis is a breeze. Click the Analyze button across the top menu and you’re able to analyze a directory, entire disk, or other local, external, or network device.

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The screenshot above is a quick analysis of my Documents folder. This is what a gamer’s hard drive looks like.

You can see that, by default, the list is organized by disk space in descending order. If I want to save the most disk space in this situation, it looks like I’m getting rid of my LA Noire folder.

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Clicking the Charts button across the top menu will allow you to visualize the just-run analysis in many different ways. You’re able to choose what data is being analyzed and in what type of chart. In the above screenshot, we’re looking at disk space usage per directory in a pie chart.

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Here, we can see the number of files per extension in a bars chart. I’m a visual person, and this really helps me understand the information that I’m looking at.

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The Command menu offers a lot of functionality, like being able to save your analysis or open the analyzed data in Windows Explorer. You can also copy files to a directory, move files, compress and copy, compress and move, and delete files from that menu.

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DiskSavvy is very configurable, as you can see under the Tools menu. You’re able to change visual elements of the interface, automatically check for program updates, and play with the way that DiskSavvy actually scans and analyzes your disks.

Features that I haven’t covered, such as Classify, are only available in the paid version of this software.

Let me know what you think of DiskSavvy in the comments. I’ve used a lot of different disk space analysis programs for Windows, and this is one of the better!

  1. Tim Jacobs
    October 22, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I like the charting..... I will test this out.....

  2. Mykle McKee
    August 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I am going to have to give this one a try. I too am bad about file 'hoarding'.

  3. Ravi Lamontagne
    August 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I really need that because sometimes i wonder where all the space went

  4. Matthew Unwin
    August 20, 2012 at 11:15 am

    space sniffer if my program of choice for disk management

  5. rimaz nazeer
    August 20, 2012 at 5:44 am

    SpaceSniffer is the best according to my opinion.Never had any problems with it and its soo good.

  6. Elijah Swartz
    August 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I looked up your su-zssu.iso file and it links to pirated content!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaJJP_7jbxs

    I think I prefer this program to Treesize maybe, but I think I still prefer WinDirStat overall. I could see Disk Savvy being used sometime in the future.

  7. GrrGrrr
    August 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    thanks, this is new to me

  8. Pat Lamb
    August 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Avira seems to think that the Pro version is malware. http://www.patandsteph.net/avira_malware.htm

  9. Aditya Roy
    August 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    i have the same problem as yours.. :)
    Will give it a try...

  10. Âdil Farôôq
    August 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Have never heard about it seems good will give it a try...:)

  11. Eric Wardowski
    August 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

    I prefer to use WinDirStat, another free application for my usage reviews. I'll try this one out to see if it works better for me. Thanks for the info!

    • James Graham
      August 25, 2012 at 3:27 am

      One thing this seems to have over WinDirStat is that the charts here look more useful than the Tree Map.

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