At my workplace I somehow managed to eat up almost all of the 40GB on the primary partition and I had no clue as to what directory/file was eating up the space.
As usual, Windows XP has no inbuilt tools to accomplish the simple task of finding the culprit directories/files.
In my earlier post, I had mentioned about some of the tools which could help in a similar situation. Some of the tools that I mentioned on that post are no longer supported and hence I had to “google” to find the right tool for the cleanup task.
WinDirStat was one of the useful tool that I found ! Its a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Windows.
The tool can either scan all your disk drives or the individual drives or even specific folders. The entire directory tree is read and the information is displayed in 3 views:
- As a Directory list which is sorted by file/subtree size as shown below
- As a treemap view which represents each file as a colored rectangle, the area of which is proportional to the file’s size.
- As an extension list which shows all types (filename extensions) occurring in the directory tree
The treemap is an amazing feature which helps you to quickly identify the file occupying the maximum space. The selection of the colored block automatically highlights the file in the tree view and you can delete the file from within the UI of WinDirStat.