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Computer Cleanup Part 1 – Where’s My Disk Space Going?
By James Wise
posted April 6, 2009
TECH TIPS – I’ve received several emails
from readers lately about computer cleanup so I thought it might be
good to start a series of columns on this topic. Today, we’ll talk
about how you can use a free program called WinDirStat to quickly see
what is taking up space on your computer.
1) If you want to read up on the program, go to:
A download link is located about half way down
on the page (or you can just click here to
download the program
2) When prompted, run this file (or save it to your
hard drive and run it from there)
3) Check the box for accepting the license terms and
4) Click Next
5) Click Install
6) Click Next
7) Click Close
1) When you first install the program, it should
automatically start after the installation is complete. At other times,
you can run it using start, all programs, WinDirStat.
2) If you want to check a specific drive or folder,
you can choose that drive or folder. For most users though, I recommend
to choose All Local Drives and click OK.
3) The program then takes a few minutes to analyze
your drive. After it’s complete, you’ll have a screen showing your root
directories (the ones immediately below the drive including how much
space is used by each (and how many files they contain).
In my case, my “data” directory is using up most of my space. There’s
also a graphical section indicating space used (color coded by file
type). but I don’t typically use that.
4) To see more details about a directory (including
“drilling down” within it to check subdirectories), just double click
that folder. After you open a folder, you can close it by double
clicking it once more.
5) If you find something you would like to delete,
just click on it and click the delete key. Be careful though and ONLY
DELETE FILES YOU KNOW YOU DON’T NEED. I would strongly discourage
deleting any files from the “Windows”
I didn’t make a video of this program because I figured it was easy to
use and that the instructions above would be sufficient. If you would
like a video though or more detailed instructions with screenshots,
please email me at email@example.com.
You can also checkout a
video I found on youtube that someone else made by going to:
In future columns in this series, we’ll talk about:
1) How to remove old or unused programs from your
computer with control panel, add/remove programs
2) Programs to help cleanup unnecessary files (i.e.
files placed on your computer as you browse the Internet) such as
Don’t worry, we will be coming back to backups in the future as well
with a few more columns.
Do you have a tech question you would like answered or a program you
would like to recommend? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
computer questions, please include your operating system version (e.g.
Windows Vista) and sorry, but I don’t do Macs.
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