GetFoldersize Calculates Hard Disk Usage Quickly & Easily [Windows]

Dave LeClair 05-08-2011

<firstimage=”//”>hard disk usageHave you ever went to download something only to realize that your hard drive is almost full? Have you even wondered where all of your space is going? I know I have, and fortunately GetFoldersize is here to rectify the situation by calculating the exact amount of space every single folder on your computer is using.


This is great because you can decide what you really need and what you don’t. You can then realize that maybe you don’t need that 300GB folder of “adult entertainment” you have held onto for years.

It will take a little time and effort on your part, but thanks to GetFoldersize, it becomes a lot easier to find out what is taking up the largest amount of space on your drive. Once you free up the space with GetFoldersize, make sure to adopt some helpful techniques 6 Ways to Free Up Disk Space on Your Netbook Read More to help conserve space and keep your hard drive running like a dream.


Head over to GetFoldersize’s website [Broken URL Removed], click download and choose one of the available servers to download from. They have a standard Windows edition, as well as a portable edition if you prefer to install the program to a thumb drive. They support every major version of Windows in both 32 and 64 bit.

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Once the file is downloaded, extract and run the .exe. Follow the installer instructions.


Using The Program

GetFoldersize has one main purpose, and that is to calculate the amount of space all the folders on your drive are taking up, and then break it down by percentage, so you can see exactly where your space is used. The program is very easy to use, so even a computer novice will be able to run it smoothly.

When the program first opens you are given all your drives and the available space on each. You get a percentage of how much space is free, and how much space is used.

You can either scan all your system drives, which will take a little time depending on how big they are and how much stuff you have on them, or you can choose one drive and run a scan on just that one. The buttons for scanning your drive are at the top of the screen.

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The results will show up on the left side of the screen. It will display all the folders on the drive, how much space each one is occupying and the overall percentage of the drive it is using. To navigate through the various folders on your drive simply click the plus and minus buttons next to a folder name to expand or contract that folder.

hard disk usage analyzer


The most useful reason for running a scan like this is to find out which programs are really sucking down your space. When you go to the Add/Remove programs section on Windows, many of the programs do not list their size. With GetFoldersize that will no longer be a problem, since it will scan your program files folder and let you know exactly what useless program is sucking the life from your hard drive.

GetFoldersize also allows you to scan remote machines on your network. This is pretty nifty for businesses that want to know where their hard drive resources are going.


It will also find the largest file on a drive. This allows you to quickly and easily tell which files are taking up your space the most. Simply click the icon labeled “123” to see a list of all files sorted by size.

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When you find something that is taking up too much space which you don’t need any more, you can delete the file right there in the program. So there’s no need to open up Windows Explorer to get rid of the space eaters.


GetFoldersize [Broken URL Removed] is a pretty cool program that does what it sets out to do, and does it in a very easy fashion. It’s completely free, and worth checking out if you are looking to clean up your hard drives and get some better performance out of your machine.


Did you try GetFoldersize? What was taking up all of your space? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Prateek Kumar Singh
    August 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    ohhh...i thought i would be the one to recommend Tree Size Free...seems that there are a lot of fans already...very good guys...

    toally agree with you riehi..

    in addition..TSF also has context menu integration.. :)

  2. p riehl
    August 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Let's rename this (with a hat tip to cpp): "GetFolderSize Does in Minutes what TreeSize Free does in Seconds."

    And look at the two side by side: TreeSize free has a clean, attractive, intuitive interface. This thing you're recommending is just ugly by comparison. And the difference in speed: it's like having a 286 processor again, which I guess is kind of cool in a retro way.

    And, btw, if you've ever 'went' to download something, you might want to do a review of basic English grammar.

    (Gur pbeerpg jnl gb fnl vg: vs lbh'ir rire 'tbar' gb qbjaybnq fbzrguvat.)

    • Dave LeClair
      August 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      I'll have to check this out. I have never heard of TreeSize, I will look into it! Thanks for recommendation.

  3. Ingo
    August 6, 2011 at 3:32 am


  4. cpp
    August 6, 2011 at 2:58 am

    i would recommend "tree size free"