No matter how large capacity hard disk has, but we always feel that it is not enough for us and we always require more space. Why this happens? Today computer is not just a working device, we use computer for social activities, entertainment and many things. So with our important data, we save lot of images, music and videos on hard disk.
We feel very bad if we not able to save favorite data on hard disk due to low disk space. Then we start thinking to buy a new hard disk which is expensive. But wait! Here is free alternate solution.
You can increase the hard disk space by deleting unwanted data. First you have to find out which data will take more space. To do this task you have to spend lot of time and hard work to figure out what data is taking more space. Otherwise use these free tools that will help you to analyze what files are taking up the most space on hard disk.
HDGraph is a free tool for Windows that draw multi-level pie charts of disk space usage. With this graphical display of the hard disk space usage, you can easily analyze which directories and subdirectories are taking more space on your drive.
It is compatible with all storage visible in the Windows explorer: folder of hard disk drive, USB key, network folder, CD, DVD, etc...
It draws all the subfolders of a given folder or directory on a pie chart, with a rings style, proportionally with the space of this parent folder. It draws "n" levels of the folders tree on a single chart and this chart can be saved and you can open a folder directly in the Windows explorer with a right click. This is a small program you don’t need to install it, just download and run.
WinDirStat is another great, free and open-source disk usage analyzer software for Microsoft Windows. It helps you identify how your storage is used with a visual display of all your files.
On start up, it scan the drive you selected and produce a treemap that display each file as a colored rectangle, the area of which is proportional to the file's size.
The color of a rectangle indicates the type of the file, as shown in the extension list. The cushion shading additionally brings out the directory structure. The color of a rectangle indicates the type of the file, as shown in the extension list. The advantage of WinDirStat is that once you know which files and folders are using more disk space; you can delete these files and folders from within the app by right clicking.
SpaceSniffer is a free computer disc space analyzer for Microsoft Windows platforms. It helps you to understand how folders and files are structured on your disks by using a treemap visualization layout.
SpaceSniffer performs a fast scan of files and shows you your data in a series of nested boxes. The area of each rectangle is proportional to that file’s size. You can see more details by double clicking on any item to see what's inside of them. You can set filter based on file name, age, size, etc to focus the visualization on files and folders you want. You can delete them with a single "right-click" of your mouse on that file or folder.
You don’t need to install, as this software is delivered as a compressed Zip archive where all you have to do is to extract its content and run the program.
JDiskReport is also a popular alternatives to above disk analyzer. It enables you to understand how much space the files and directories consume on your disk drives, and it helps you find obsolete files and folders.
The tool analyses your disk drives and collects several statistics which you can view as overview charts and details tables. JDiskReport displays a folder tree view in the left panel and five tabs in the right panel - Size, Top 50, Size Distribution, Modified, and Types. But it requires Java installed on your pc, before you install JDiskReport.
DiskSavvy is a powerful disk space usage analyzer which enables you to perform a detailed analysis of storage drives. Click the Analyze button and select the folders, drives to scan.
After an analysis, this application generate various types of pie charts, save disk space usage reports and perform disk space usage history trend analysis operations. By default you'll see the folders on your hard drive which are consuming the most space. Alternatively, you can also customize view of disk use by file extension, file type, file creation, modification or last access times. Also you can perform different types of file management operations on disk space analysis results, specific types of files or file categories.