SpaceSniffer

SpaceSniffer

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.8
out of 12 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1.4
  • Total Downloads:
    92,062
  • Date Added:
    February 07, 2012
  • File Size:
    1.47MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    695
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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SpaceSniffer is a useful program that provides users with a graphical representation of the contents of their hard drives. Although the results can be a bit overwhelming at times, we found it to be an effective way to view exactly what is taking up space on our computer.

The program's interface is simple and intuitive. Users simply select the drive they want to scan, and SpaceSniffer sets to work analyzing its contents. The result is a mess of rectangles of different sizes that represent files and folders. A medium-size rectangle represented our application data, for example, and a smaller one represented our desktop. The program can also highlight groups of rectangles that make up a larger segment; it drew a white outline around the group of rectangles that represented the items in our program files. Clicking or double-clicking allows users to zoom in and view more detail about the contents of each folder. Although at first glance the display can look a little cluttered with its assortment of rectangles, it turns out that this is actually a very effective way of judging what's on your hard drive. We especially like that the program allows users to filter results by file type, size, and age. The program's PDF Quick Start guide is certainly not the most well-written documentation we've ever seen, but it's fairly detailed, and the program is easy enough to figure out.

SpaceSniffer is free. The program comes as a ZIP file and is accessible after extraction with no need for installation. We recommend this program to all users.

 
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5 stars

"Just what I was looking for"

August 15, 2013  |  By dexter_awoyemi

 |  Version: SpaceSniffer 1.1.4

Pros

Intuitively sizes rectangles according to disk space usage.

Easy to navigate menu, allowing users to easily move up and down the hierarchy.

Cons

Log messages keep popping up.

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5 stars

"This thing really is a space sniffer! Excellent!"

December 03, 2012  |  By Abro86

 |  Version: SpaceSniffer 1.1.4

Pros

-Easy to use graphical interface. Back, home, and file up buttons make navigation easy.

-Provides information in the rectangles (file size, name, etc.).

-Easy to delete files in the application with a right click so you don't have to go and hunt it down in Windows Explorer.

Cons

-A little overwhelming at the beginning, and takes some getting used to but that is only initially since once you get used to it it's very easy to use and intuitive.

-Log menu keeps poppong up and had to be disabled.

Summary

I was going crazy because I knew there had to be some junk files on my hard drive taking up space. I have a very minimal system with few media files and mostly small programs installed. I knew I had a handfull of large programs that were several Gigabytes but not nearly enough to take up my 80GB hard drive. After cleaning junk files and using every other trick in the book I knew I needed to find just what files were driving me crazy. I tried a couple of other space utilities and while they found large files they didn't help me get to the bottom of my issue.

Then I found this little gem! Someone recommended SpaceSniffer on a blog and so I downloaded it. Initially it was just as overwhelming as other utilities but once I got used to the interface it was very intuitive! I just had to double click to bring up the file to find out what smaller files it contained and see just what was taking up space. The boxes are clearly labeled and the space that they take up. Within a few minutes I had found several offenders, large files I thought were deleted but I had missed, and a quick right click lets you delete it right from the program. I didn't have to go hunting later in Windows Explorer, it was right there and I deleted it right there. I easily cleaned up 15GB of junk files, and that was just at a glance! Imagine what I can free up with a good hour when I have the chance to get some serious maintanence in!

The menu buttons at the top are useful as well and make navigation up one file or home to the whole disk was easy.

My only complaint was that the log menu kept popping up every time it found a file it couldn't analyze, which was annoying since I couldn't minimize it and I couldn't have another window in use while the log was up. I was able to disable it in the settings in one of the menus though so it wasn't too horrible. And if you want the log later you can always find it in the menu at the top again.

This application is free and it works great so I have nothing really bad to say about it, once I got the log out of my way it worked like I wanted it to. I would highly recommend to anyone who needs to manage their hard drive space or anyone just looking to keep their files better organized. A must have utility!

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5 stars

"Easily the best hdd scanner I've found - and it's free."

November 04, 2012  |  By imsortaaboveavgpcuser

 |  Version: SpaceSniffer 1.1.4

Pros

Fast
Drop dead simple
GUI offers in-depth info at a glance
Ability to customize custom file display colors and filters
Can easily export results

Cons

None that I've found. What else could you ask for?

Summary

One of my all time favorite apps. Was so impressed I felt compelled to donate which (sadly) I very rarely do. One of the best things about this app is that you can roll up our sleeves and edit some basic parameters to meet your needs, but for the vast majority of users the default settings are just fine. Therfore - NO LEARNING CURVE.

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5 stars

"holy cow, what won't it do"

March 20, 2012  |  By jdrano

 |  Version: SpaceSniffer 1.1.4

Pros

will divid down to the smallest file- hedden too

Cons

haven't found it yet

Summary

looks simple, uses simple. golden

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1.4
Version 1.1.4 added classes filter, improved stability when deleting a focused folder, and paths with spaces behave again correctly in command line.
General
Publisher Uderzo Software
Publisher web site http://www.uderzo.it
Release Date February 07, 2012
Date Added February 07, 2012
Version 1.1.4
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.47MB
File Name spacesniffer_1_1_4_0.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 92,062
Downloads Last Week 695
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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