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How can I visualize the file system usage on Windows?

I am managing a computer with many users. The folder C:\Users has one folder for every user of the machine. I wanted to know the sizes of all such folders as I am trying to equitably ration-out the disk space (needless to add that I am short on disk space).

Is there a simple solution or a software to tell me the size? Windows 7, when the folder view is set to Details, reports the sizes of individual files in a folder; it doesn't do the same for folders.

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marked as duplicate by Sathya Sep 10 '12 at 6:36

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Check out this related question (superuser.com/questions/8248/…). Lots of download options. –  dangowans Sep 9 '12 at 22:49
Doesn't "equitably" imply equal? Why would you need existing user folder size to do that? A tutorial on setting user disk quotas can be seen at sevenforums.com/tutorials/… –  kreemoweet Sep 10 '12 at 1:29
@dangowans That's what I was looking for. –  Shashank Sawant Sep 10 '12 at 3:12

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To find out the size of a folder from Windows Explorer, right-click the folder and select Properties. Under the General tab, look for the "Size" property.

Note that because these are "Users" folders, you may need to be Administrator to properly see the folder sizes.

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I don't think this would work for user folders, as one should not have permissions to look at other's folders. –  Louis Sep 9 '12 at 22:45
The question mentions "managing a computer", so I'd assume the asker would have Administrator. –  dangowans Sep 9 '12 at 22:46
This only shows the total size of the Users folder, not the individual sizes. The Space Dolphin shell-extension Folder Size could do it (it adds a Size tab to the Properties dialog), but unfortunately, like many useful shell-extensions, it is not compatible with Windows Vista and up. –  Synetech Sep 10 '12 at 0:39
On Vista, not Win7: with User folder open in Explorer, hovering pointer over each user folder gives size in tooltip; properties dialog for each gives a radically different size; Advanced Sys. Settings per Force Flow's answer gives yet another size. This all begs the question: what exactly IS the "size" of a folder, considering symlinks, hardlinks, etc. Seems to me the concept of folder size is pretty much arbitrary. –  kreemoweet Sep 10 '12 at 1:19

Control Panel > System > "Advanced System Settings" link > "Advanced" tab > under the "User Profiles" section click the "settings" button.

This will list all the user profiles and their storage sizes.

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