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How can I visualize the file system usage on Windows?

I was listening to the StackExchange podcast (either 28 or 29) and Jeff briefly mentioned a tool that you could use to see the size of directories. I may be completely wrong.

Anyway, is there a tool I can use to browse directories and get a visual indicator of their size? I need to clean up a hard drive and this would be a big help.

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I did search for this before I posted but I looked for "windows size directories" and didn't see what I wanted. –  jcollum Dec 11 '11 at 17:13

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Try WindirStat. It's excellent giving both a visual and text that both work together. Selection one highlights the other, etc. http://windirstat.info/download.html

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windirstat.info/index.html shows how the interface looks. –  OG Chuck Low Dec 10 '11 at 21:09
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Nice tool. Even better: it reports the correct last modified date for folders. In my case Win7 says 12/6 but I know it's been mod'd since then. WinDirStat says 12/10 which is much more accurate. –  jcollum Dec 11 '11 at 17:12

I love WinDirStat when I am cleaning and doing in depth analysis. When I just need a quick complete status of any particular branch of a directory tree I prefer TreeSize free. Right click integration and very fast reporting make it a great addition to the toolbox.

If these two don't meet your needs, I also stumbled on a list of similar tools that seems pretty interesting https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pQUddA0IZ9qvu_A3TvLu3cA&gid=2&output=html

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