Understanding 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, 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.
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.
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.
Select a folder you’d like to scan and click the Scan button. The result should look like what you see below.
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.
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.
The tabs across the top show that you’re able to pull graphs for many different things. For instance, Magnitude is shown below.
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.
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!
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