We’ve covered a bunch of different ways in the past to find large files and folders on your system, and generally each have their limitations. I have yet to find a program that is both fast and provides a wealth of information, but the free GetFoldersize is inching closer to what I want. It definitely has the speed, and for the most part it includes all of the file size-related data and analysis that I’d want.
What really sets GetFoldersize apart in my point of view is a combination of three things: it’s free for both private and commercial use, it handles UNC paths very smoothly, and has a portable version available that lets you use the app when and where you need to. For me the fact that it can scan UNC paths means that I’m able to point it to the NAS I have at home, and can easily find some of the files and folders I could remove to free up a significant amount of storage. Sure it’s a little slower scanning a piece of storage that isn’t attached to the machine you’re running the scan from, but sometimes the convenience outweighs everything else.
Here are some of the things the developer highlights about GetFoldersize:
- Determine the size of folders and sub-folders on drives, media storages, CD/DVDs, and network shares
- Fast scan algorithm
- Scan file and folder paths with an overall length of up to 32,000 characters and file and folder names containing Unicode characters
- Scan an unlimited number of files and folders
- Scan your hard drive for hard links, junctions and symbolic links
- Create a list of the largest files on your hard disk
- Show the number of file and/or folder of all files and subfolders
- Display the file size in Bytes, Kilobytes, Megabytes and Gigabytes
- Print the folder tree
- Save the folder tree and information into a text file
- Start GetFoldersize and scan folders right from the windows explorer context menu
One thing that I do want to point out is that while this is able to show you the largest files on your machine there is a limitation to the amount of data it will show you. It will only show the top 100 largest files on the drive that you scan. For most people I’m guessing that is more than sufficient since you’re probably a lot more likely to use the folder view to look for large files and folders.
GetFoldersize Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)