While most new computers come with an abundance of hard drive space, the programs, videos, graphic files and games we use daily are much bigger today than they were just a few years ago. Even if you work with a relatively new PC, it’s possible you’re concerned about the amount of free space remaining on your hard disk. And if you’re using an older machine, especially an older laptop, hard drive space is a precious commodity, indeed.
The traditional method for freeing up hard drive space is to use Windows Explorer to manually move from one folder to another, examining the contents of each and deleting or archiving what you feel you can live without. But that method is time consuming. There is a much easier way to search for large files that takes up the most space on your hard drive.
Search for large files with WizTree
WizTree is a Windows Explorer-like application with a single purpose: identifying the largest files on your computer. After downloading and installing the program, simply click the scan button and you’ll have a complete list of your PC’s folders (by drive) detailing the percentage of space each currently occupies. For example, my laptop has a 500 GB hard drive; a complete scan took only 15.37 seconds.
If you’re looking to create some free space on your hard drive, the feature you may find even more valuable is found in a second tab in the main window of the program. Here, WizTree lists the top 1000 files on your hard drive by size, largest to smallest. You can quickly and easily scan the list, identifying the files that take up the largest amounts of hard drive space within minutes. WizTree will even delete files for you directly from this window. Just right-click the file you wish to delete and select either “Delete (to Recycle Bin)” or “Delete (No undelete possible)”.
Before you start deleting files, though, a word of warning. Never delete any file or program you are unfamiliar with. Your computer relies on hundreds of utility programs and files to operate. If you begin trashing files without knowing what you’re deleting, there is a good chance you’ll cripple your PC. And, while the “Delete (No undelete possible)” option makes WizTree more robust, it’s probably better to stick with the “Delete (to Recycle Bin)” option. At least then files can easily be recovered if you accidentally delete something you meant to keep.
In other words, it’s wise to exercise caution when cleaning up your PC.
WizTree ia a free utility. There is a donate option (both on the website and within the application). The creator suggests a $10 donation if you find the program helpful, but is willing to accept donations of any size. If you find it helpful, consider showing your appreciation to the creator with a small donation.
All in all, WizTree is a small, powerful program that works as advertised. If you’re looking for a pain-free, quick way to identify large files, look no further.