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Folder Size

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Folder Size is a free Windows utility that scans your drives or folders and displays detailed information about the size of their contents so you can see where the disk space went. It displays the sizes of files and folders as well as their percentage of total disk size.

Folder Size uses a layout common to many such utilities, mostly because it's the most efficient design: toolbar, left-hand tree view, and main window. Folder Size displayed all our disk drives with their total size, space used, and free space listed below the tree view. We clicked on our C drive and then clicked the Scan arrow. The program took a few minutes to scan 40GB of files; when it finished, it displayed the file structure in the tree view with the selected directory displayed in the main view. This view displayed file names and sizes; percentage of the total in numbers and bar graphs; total files, folders, and subfolders; dates created, modified, and accessed; attributes; and even the file's owner in expandable, draggable, rotating headings. We could also customize which headings we wanted to display and quickly choose file sizes from bytes to gigabytes. Buttons let us easily navigate through our file directories. The Help file is fairly basic, but then so is the program. It's not designed to do tricks; it simply displays detailed file information quickly, which is a much more useful and frequently needed capability than it seems.

The space below the main window displays charts of the program's findings, but we had trouble with this feature, possibly because it requires Adobe Flash Player installed in Internet Explorer to work. We had Flash Player in IE, but it's not available for 64-bit IE, and the Flash installer seemed to balk at the difference. The screenshots show nice-looking charts that can be printed and exported. We'd like to see either less reliance on IE or greater compatibility in accessing Flash, but beyond that, Folder Size is quite a useful tool.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best disk cleanup tool ever"

    March 18, 2014  |   By sarahwilliams25

    Version: Folder Size 3.0

    Pros

    1. FAST
    2. Accurate
    3. Simple and clear interface
    4. Nice reports and charts
    5. FREE

    Cons

    Nothing to mention. Requires Adobe Flash to be installed for the charts which is not an issue for me.

    Summary

    There are plenty of similar tools and most of them install adware or provide unreliable results.
    This was the only tool that really work out of about 20 that I tried.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "stevehomeruk - That is a lie my friend. This tool ROCKS"

    March 18, 2014  |   By jackdorsey

    Version: Folder Size 3.0

    Pros

    I use this product and it is the best of its kind. I ordered it not because I need the extra features, but because I was so happy with the support that I wanted to contribute for this development.

    I think you (stevehomeruk) should return your computer science certificate :) as none of your writings has to do something with the reality.

    The support has never asked me to uninstall anything....bad for you to post such crap on the internet.
    Actually this company provides also several other free tools and they are all in my favorites list and believe me they have a better support than 99% of the companies I have worked with.

    Cons

    No cons! This is the best disk analysis tool ever.

    Summary

    Do not read such nonsense reviews. Try the tool yourself and you will understand that it is the best of its kind. Try also the FREE Fast Duplicate File Finder tool by MindGems - these are the tools that I use for a good FREE disk cleanup.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not pay for this product!!!"

    February 6, 2014  |   By stevehomeruk

    Version: Folder Size 3.0

    Pros

    Free version is useful.

    Cons

    If you pay to upgrade it does not work - at least in my experience. That would be forgivable but the company has customer service from the dark ages.

    After a perfunctory effort to fix things they then said I should uninstall ALL my software - Microsoft Office, Adobe CS6, games etc etc.

    They had a new version out and I thought that it might fix the problem. They want me to pay for a new version on the off chance it fixes the bug in their code that means it does not work on my machine. (I have dozens of programs from dozens of vendors that all work fine with each other.)

    I have repeatedly asked for my money back or some real support NOTHING! Never asked me to run a diagnostic, never asked for a dump, never asked for any settings (registry etc)just "remove all software and then add ours". I have probably wasted about 10 hours on this over the last three or four months.

    Summary

    I have NEVER had such pathetic service from a software company - EVER.

    I got my computer science degree in 1979 and have been using computers ever since so that is a lot of software companies I have dealt with. Mindgems without doubt the worst!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent little program"

    February 4, 2014  |   By yotaruvegeta

    Version: Folder Size 3.0

    Pros

    It does what I need it to, and offers just enough for free.

    Cons

    Not any I can think of.

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  • 5.0 stars

    ""Must Have" tool indeed!"

    July 5, 2013  |   By jackdorsey

    Version: Folder Size 2.9

    Pros

    Thank you DaveDickie666. This tool is amazing indeed. I freed 200GB on my 1 TB drive in few minutes. Managed to find huge files buried deep in the folders

    Cons

    None. This tool is so cool and FREE!

    Summary

    Incredibly good disk cleanup tool and completely free with no ads.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Get this NOW to manage hard drive space"

    May 27, 2013  |   By 13inches

    Version: Folder Size 2.9

    Pros

    I installed Folder Size on my Windows 8 machine and I was able to easily free up about 100 GB of hard drive space - and all this was done in under 10 minutes. I should have installed Folder Size LONG ago. Getting a list of large folders instead of a list of large files is a FAR more effective method of freeing up hard drive space. Folder Size also seems to have no hidden tool bars or other kind of spam crap sometimes found in freeware. Install Folder Size now people..

    Cons

    None so far..

    Summary

    Excellent software and priced right: Free with no spam ! Get it !!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does something W7 should do out of the box"

    March 30, 2013  |   By DaveDickie666

    Version: Folder Size 2.9

    Pros

    Gives you a perfect view of where all your disk space is going

    Cons

    Takes about 3 minutes to scan a 400 gig disk. Has links to products you probably don't want that you can ignore.

    Summary

    Was exactly what I was looking for to find out why my half a terabyte was down to 5 gig of free space.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Rock Solid"

    February 17, 2013  |   By wjack149

    Version: Folder Size 2.9

    Pros

    Very Fast
    Cool graphics
    Nice reports
    Correct results

    Cons

    Nothing worth mentioning

    Summary

    I first used the free Fast Duplicate File Finder tool from this company. I ordered both VSDIF and Audio Dedupe and I recommend them. Both are great tools.
    And this one is a lifesaver. You can instantly see where your disk space is lost.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Nice little helper"

    February 11, 2013  |   By Silvester67

    Version: Folder Size 2.9

    Pros

    Fast and easy to use.

    Cons

    None worth mentioning - requires FLASH for the charts to work, but it is definitely worth installing.

    Summary

    Try it and love it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Impressive results"

    January 31, 2013  |   By daylight901

    Version: Folder Size 2.9

    Pros

    1. Very Fast
    2. Supports immense number of image formats 500+
    3. RAW support
    4. Internal Preview
    5. No crashes
    6. Handles 100 000+ images quite fast - other tools just die

    Cons

    1. The auto-check feature is a bit tricky
    2. Some options are not clear out of the box

    Summary

    I wonder who posted those negative reviews. This is the best tool of its kind. I recommend this to all my fellow photographers!
    A must have indeed.

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