Finding and Deleting Fat

By Bruno Sonnino  |  Posted 2004-06-28 Print this article Print

Folders and Files"> Finding and Deleting Fat Folders and Files

The best place to kick off your analysis is with your C drive (or any main local drive). So, when DiskPie first launches, just select the C drive in the Explorer view tab.

Then, click on the Folder pie tab and DiskPie will immediately start examining your hard drive and drawing its pie chart. During the calculation phase, the utility will keep a count, displayed at the bottom of the tab next to Total Space, of how much disk space it has examined. A second hand (like that of a clock) on the pie will tick for every second it takes to calculate the disk usage.

Once the calculation is complete, DiskPie will display a graphical layout of the amount of disk space used for each folder or file. The amount of space used by an individual folder, in this pie chart, includes any space used in directories that are located within it. For instance, the space used by the Program Files directory includes all of the subdirectories for each individual program installed to this directory. In our example, shown in the pop-up images, were looking at whats called a root directory (its another name for the C drive), DiskPie will also let you know how much free space remains on the disk.

If you want to spin the pie so that you can get a better look at some of the smaller slices, just click and hold on the top of the pie and move the mouse (notice that the mouse cursor turns into a hand).

To drill down from the root of your C drive, just double-click on any slice in the pie. Then DiskPie will focus on that folder and display its pie chart. For instance, click on the Program Files slice to see a breakdown of the disk usage used by this subdirectory. (If you hit backspace, or click on the Back button in the toolbar, you move up one level.)

You can keep drilling down in this manner, until you reach a folder that has no subfolders. In this example, we drilled down through the Adobe subdirectory, all the way down to the Photoshop folder. By hovering the mouse over the Samples folder, which in this example was installed with Photoshop, you can find out how much space is used by that particular folder and its files. As you can see here, Samples takes up 20MB—thats a lot of space, especially since we never use these samples!

As this folder is of no use to us, we can delete it in order to clean up our hard drive and recover 20MB of space. You can delete the folder by right-clicking on the pie slice and selecting "Delete current folder."

Go on to the next page to find out how to find overabundant filetypes.


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