Hard Drive Spring Cleaning

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April 24, 2009

Maybe you have a once a yer cleaning ritual, or maybe you are just running out of space on the hard drive that you were sure was way bigger than you needed when you initially bought the machine. Whatever the case, you probably find yourself wondering where to start. Where did all your gigabytes go anyway? That’s where JDiskReport comes in. The software is easy and intuitive. After you install it, it will do a scan of whatever directory tree you specify and then come up with an easy to understand pie chart showing where your precious space has gone. You can click through the tree structure on the left or on the pie chart to the right to drill down into the cluttered depths of your hard drive.

The only thing I wish it could do is delete the files/directories from within the program, but that is not a hard drawback to get over in such a handy piece of freeware.

The best news? Not only is it free, but since it is based on java, it is available on Windows, Mac (though with a decidedly Windows look and feel), or even over the web.  Just check out their site for all the details!


  1. Brandon

    I have been looking for a good (cheap or free) duplicate file finder. I have a few for PC (they were great) but now that I have switched to Mac I do not have a good resource. Some times I put the same file in 9 folders…I don’t know why, it just happened. Any help?

    • Jeremy

      The app that everyone seems Gaga over is called Araxis. It is pretty incredible, but it is $30. If you are looking for cheap as free, you might want to try this droplet that the guys over at macosxhints.com download it, unzip it, and then drop files onto it to find the duplicates. I don’t know any free software that is like Araxis, but maybe one of the other YMGs can help on that.

  2. Rob Gillen

    Thanks for the resources! A little too late unfortunately, we’re replacing all of our computers and laptops, but now that I know I will have a great resource to offer up! You just made me the hero at the office.

    Thanks friend! >>> http://www.robgillen.com

  3. Tim

    http://windirstat.info/ winderstat is also freeware, does all your directory scans, shows a nice graphical version of your hard drive, and lets you delete files from within the program!


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