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WinDirStat

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Identify how much disk space you're using with WinDirStat. Based on the Linux application KDirStat, this great piece of freeware offers you an informative visual display of your hard-drive usage. It can also analyze your local devices. Depending on the size of your disk, the initial WinDirStat scan may take quite a while, so be prepared to go grab a cup of coffee for 5 to 10 minutes.

When you return, you'll see all of your files (for the drive or directory you decided to scan) displayed in a rainbow of colors. WinDirStat assigns colors to each file type, such as MP3, ZIP, EXE, JPG, and so on. By default, the files that take up the most space are colored blue, the second heftiest are red, and the third largest green. After the first 10 color-labeled file types, the rest appear in gray--but you can change these settings and colors through the Options menu.

Once you've identified where your disk space has gone, you can then more easily decide where you can save space. WinDirStat is loaded with features for managing your files, such as the ability to automatically delete files without even bothering with the Recycle Bin. It's one of those tools that you didn't know you needed until you started using it, but once installed, it's hard to imagine life without it.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 247 votes

    • 5 star: 124
    • 4 star: 67
    • 3 star: 24
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 20
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 247 votes

    • 5 star: 124
    • 4 star: 67
    • 3 star: 24
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 20
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  • 5.0 stars

    "The program you never knew you needed until you had it"

    September 13, 2013  |   By tallmabey

    Version: WinDirStat 1.1.2

    Pros

    Allows you to see which folders or file types are taking up the most space, making it easier to grok the true makeup of your computer's storage. Not something you need to run on a regular basis, but once you are used to having it around, doing disk cleanup will always feel like it's missing something without WinDirStat.

    Cons

    Yes, it does take a while to scan the drive or folder you ask it to inspect. But personally, I prefer this to something that runs all the time in the background, especially since you only need to use it every once in a while.

    Summary

    The user that claimed this isn't free must be on the wrong page or something, because you can even download the source code from *multiple* repositories (SourceForge, Bitbucket, GitHub). See http://windirstat.info/download.html for details.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "There ARE better and faster FREE disk space utilities."

    August 27, 2013  |   By TheChairman33

    Version: WinDirStat 1.1.2

    Pros

    Shows the map in color.

    Cons

    VERY SLOW compared to other free utilities.

    SpaceSniffer is faster and more informative, and you can recursively drill-down on the map.

    'Scanner' is another: it displays in a radial format, which is cleaner and more intuitive.

    Summary

    Skip it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "too technical"

    August 22, 2013  |   By iamscarlettwitch

    Version: WinDirStat 1.1.2

    Pros

    quick download

    Cons

    too technical for my use. not sure if what I was going to remove would affect pc's performance or needed program performance or not.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Program"

    August 1, 2013  |   By Wittigpc

    Version: WinDirStat 1.1.2

    Pros

    I has a Server that was pushing Max Density on the C Drive. This program showed me just where my space was being allocated in about 1 minute. I would instantly see where the problem was and fix it straight away.

    Cons

    I didn't know about this program before now...

    Summary

    If you got a drive filling up, this will pinpoint just where the space is being used.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exactly what I was looking for"

    July 20, 2013  |   By Cryxon

    Version: WinDirStat 1.1.2

    Pros

    User friendly. It organizes files and folders (and the subfolders within) by size. Displays an easy to understand visualization. Can delete unwanted files and folder through from the program.

    Cons

    nothing comes to mind

    Summary

    Most importantly, no adware. I freed up almost 100 gig of space by easily being able to find large files I no longer needed.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Junk! Don't even bother..."

    May 26, 2013  |   By pugsley0134

    Version: WinDirStat 1.1.2

    Pros

    Nothing that I could see. Advanced System Care or the new Wise Care 365, if far better.

    Cons

    Doesn't make sense, too hard to understand, noticed to changed in speed or anything else.

    Summary

    A program that looks fancy; nice interface; but worthless.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This is not free"

    April 22, 2013  |  

    Version: WinDirStat 1.1.2

    Pros

    There were none that I could see because I wouldn't pay for it.

    Cons

    I downloaded this, and it scanned my computer and found thousands of so-called errors. But then when it went to repair them, it said it would only repair 50. To fix the rest I would have to buy the full version. This is being misrepresented as free. I don't know why it's getting so many good reviews.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Free program that does everything to clean your disk"

    April 20, 2013  |   By paulj1x

    Version: WinDirStat 1.1.2

    Pros

    I've looked at several similar programs, this has the best features of the ones I've seen. And it's free! I mean really free. Doesn't even nag you for donations.

    Cons

    None that I could find.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Retrieved lost photos easily! Must have program!"

    March 5, 2013  |   By GotPhotos

    Version: WinDirStat 1.1.2

    Pros

    Makes finding large lost files easy
    Efficiently aids in cleaning up a drive

    Cons

    NONE at all!

    Summary

    Some important wedding photos had vanished from my picture file, and it occurred to me to try a program like this to find them. I knew the original file was quite large, so if the file of pics was still on the drive at all it would become apparent. While I still do not know how the file got buried in a "printer shortcut" file, finding them with this program worked like a charm! Cleaning up my computer after that was also so easy with this program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Software for Fast Clean-up"

    September 16, 2012  |   By DonaldWillyard

    Version: WinDirStat 1.1.2

    Pros

    - Very Effective
    - Smooth Interface <--------|
    - Easy to Learn/Use }--------|

    Cons

    - Takes about 5 - 10 minutes to scan computer (However this is expected with ANY SOFTWARE and is noted on the program that it can take a little bit on the first scan)

    Summary

    This is a great program and I highly recommend it. I went from 87 GB left to now having 153 in about 10-15 minutes of using this program. I love the rainbow table as it is very easy and user friendly.

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