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disk analyzerUnderstanding where your disk space is being allocated is information that can help you accomplish many things in improving your PC’s performance. I recall just a year ago finding myself in only megabytes of disk space available. After running a tool like the one I’ll introduce you to today, I noticed that a third-party clipboard manager was duplicating text content hundreds of thousands of time on my system and taking up a ridiculous amount of space. Without being able to analyze my drive in this way, I’d have assumed it was malware.

Though there are plenty of solutions to accomplishing this, such as DiskSavvy DiskSavvy Helps You Analyze And Visualize Your HDD [Windows] DiskSavvy Helps You Analyze And Visualize Your HDD [Windows] It 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 need to see my disk... Read More , Xinorbis is very effective and has been around for a while.

Let’s Head for Xinorbis

Xinorbis is available as a hard installation or an archive that can be extracted on your desktop, in a Dropbox folder, or on a flash drive. The download is just above 7 MB. Upon launching the application, you’ll need to choose between six supported languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.

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After making your selection, the main application interface is launched. It’s very user-friendly and your options are displayed right in front of you so that even the most impatient of novices has a pretty good idea of how to get started.

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I’ll start out by showing you the core functionality of the disk analyzer, which is to scan a drive or folder and present that data visually. You can click Scan a drive or folder to follow along. A cool feature with Xinorbis is the ability to both include and exclude certain files and folders from a scan.

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Select a folder you’d like to scan and click the Scan button. The result should look like what you see below.

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The scan summary page shows a lot of interesting information. You can see that the scan only took 4 seconds to process nearly 8,000 files. Keep in mind that scan times are completely dependant on your processor. You can then see the larges file scanned, the largest folder, and the largest user folder. Files are then broken down by categories in the pie charts. Clicking the wrench icon, at the top left, will allow you to toggle the scan results from by quantity to by size.

From here, the program gets much more extensive.

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On the left-hand side, you should see several different tabs. Click them to roll out the full menu. The Tasks and Advanced menus offer a lot of information on your last scan. The Folder properties page allows you to visualize tons of data.

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The tabs across the top show that you’re able to pull graphs for many different things. For instance, Magnitude is shown below.

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Xinorbis helps you find large files with the File size spread page and also find duplicates of two different kinds, both under the Advanced menu. You’re also able to search for files by age.

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Xinorbis supports exporting all this data to XML, CSV, HTML, or text reports. It’s truly one of the best disk analyzers applications when it comes to exporting and printing data.

What do you think of Xinorbis? Is it one of the best tools of this kind? Let me know in the comments!

  1. Anonymous
    November 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    keep the free coming .. :)
    cheers for sharing

  2. Pradeep Kumar
    November 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm


  3. ha14
    November 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Xinorbis certainly is a leader in freeware software that analyzes hard drives, Xinorbis also comes with a built-in duplicate file finder:)

  4. Jankkon
    November 26, 2012 at 8:13 am

    SpaceSniffer is my favorite.

    • ion popa
      November 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      My favorite too. Smart interface.

  5. Sam Kar
    November 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks Craig.
    Nice article. The main point is how fast is it able to scan?

    • Craig Snyder
      November 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      It's really tough to give that benchmark to you guys because a scan like this is practically completely dependent on the user's system.

  6. vineed gangadharan
    November 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for the software...

  7. Paolo Maffezzoli
    November 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Great app, I use for my statistics Treefolder Size but this toll has a lot of interesting features , for example the csv export is really useful.

  8. ahmed Fouad khalil
    November 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Very nice and useful. thanks for sharing this free app

  9. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Useful. I like the graphs, much better than text report.

  10. Prasanth Mathialagan
    November 25, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Nice application

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