Article 68: WinDirStat


Welcome ladies and gentlemen to another edition of the Modern Nerd. Every week I try to bring you something cool and innovative in technology, and readers of my posts will no doubt know of my affinity for desktop computing. It’s a worthwhile investment that lasts you many years if done properly. This week, I want to share with you one of the best tools that I have for hard drive maintenance. Come check this out.

Windows Directory Statistics

Keeping your hard drives running smoothly, whether they are Solid State Drives or conventional Mechanical Drives, depends on knowing what is on them, what doesn’t need to be, and what is taking up space. The basic graphic that you get in the My Computer window is fine as an overview, but wouldn’t it be nice to expand it in the same way that you expand Windows Explorer folders?

WinDirStat is a free, open source program that you can download on CNET, or by searching it online. It provides a graphical representation of the files that are on your hard drive, and works for multiple hard drive systems just as well. You can see the types of files on your machine sorted by color, see percentages of the space that’s being occupied by certain files, move, edit, or delete files.


Here you can see a screen capture from my Solid State drive, after I got finished cleaning it up and removing my hibernation and page files. The sortable options are great and I love the ability to see what is taking up the most space. Large files like Windows files and games files are most obvious in the boxes. Each one of those boxes represents one file, arranged to scale by size.

You can see the most recent change dates, subdirectories, items, size, and percent, all sortable. This is a great and versatile tool, available for free. Keeping enough free space on your hard drive is important, and I hope you find this as helpful as I have.

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