Guest writer Ishan, takes a look at a freeware disk space analyzer – Xinorbis. Will this application do the job, or should you look elsewhere?
Irrespective of size of hard drive, sooner or later, hard drives run out of space. I have had experience working on computers ranging from 512 MB hard drive space, to more than 100 GB space, and it was just a matter of time that I would run out of space. All those pictures, music, and videos eat up the available space. When I run into this situation, I always turn for help to a free disk space analyzer.
A disk analyzer is an application that will analyze your hard drive for space usage, and will report which files are taking most of the space. This information is really handy if you want to free up space on your hard drive.
One such free disk space analyzer is Xinorbis. This is not the most user friendly software in the market, but it provides pretty good information.
When you start it, you can specify the drive or folder that you want to do your disk space analysis on. I tried it on my C drive that is around 20GB in size. It took a few minutes to complete the initial scan. Again, not the fastest scan on the market.
Once the scan was completed, it did not give me any notification. Just a row was added to “Scan History” section. I was expecting to see some results after the scan. Then I started looking around and found that I have to use links on the left side to see the results. Not intuitive at all. (In fact, I ended up doing a scan again thinking that first scan did not complete.)
In the Left section, you will see a section called “Tasks”. The first item under this is “Summary”. Clicking on this gives you a quick summary of your disk usage in text format. You might want to skip this one, and move over to “Folder Properties” on Left side. This is where all the meat is.
This will show you a report in tabular format about all the folders, number of files in each, disk space occupied by each, and percentage of space occupied. This is where you will be able to identify culprit files, and folders, that are hogging your disk space. This information is also available in a graph on the left to visually see your biggest folders.
To analyze any folder further, just double click on its name in the table, or in the graph. This will open up a report about all the files in that folder, organized in order of size. You will be quickly able to see the biggest files.
Some other options that you will find helpful are:
Tab for Type. This shows disk space usage based on file type. Comes very handy to see if media files are the culprit.
Tab for Dates. This shows space occupied by files based on their date of creation. This would be handy to find how much space are the old files occupying.
Top 101: This shows top files across all the folders that are occupying most of the space.
Xinorbis has some other options also, such as an HTML report, and advanced reports, but I didn’t find them particularly useful.
Overall, Xinorbis is a good application in terms of the information it provides, but, it could have been made more user friendly, and performance could have been definitely improved.
System requirements: Windows.
Download at: Freshney.org
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