WinDirStat – Check the status of the disk and delete unnecessary files.

By | December 31, 2016

Often, when using a computer, the capacity of the hard disk is often insufficient. In this case, the fundamental solution is to replace the disk with a large capacity disk, but since it is usually impossible to replace it immediately and it will incur additional costs, it is recommended to delete files that are not normally used (for example, various cache and dump files) .

This space can be secured by using “Disk Cleanup”, which is basically included in Windows, or by installing additional applications.

The same is true for the Windows default program “disk cleanup”. However, these programs can be deleted even if they are deleted from the system automatically.

-. Downloaded program files
-. Temporary Internet files
-. Offline webpage
-. trash can
-. Installation log file
-. Temporary files
-. Preview photo
-. Windows error reporting file archived per user
-. Windows error reporting file pending on a per-user basis
-. Windows error reporting file stored on the system

Even though the system automatically deletes the randomly generated files through the automatic programs to secure the capacity, there is a case where the space is insufficient as described below.

Now you have to find and delete large files directly.
So how do you find, check and delete these files?

(It is difficult to check the capacity of a folder because the folder capacity does not appear at a glance as shown below.)

In this case, using a program called WinDirStat can make the task easier.

WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for various versions of Microsoft Windows.

Like the definitions provided by the WinDirStat Web site, WinDirStat is a tool that helps you organize your disk usage statistics and organize them. (It provides capacity indication and capacity sorting function for each folder.)

If so, let’s see how to install and use it.


Installing and using WinDirStat

1. Access and download WinDirStat.

2. I did not add any screenshots because I had no choice but to run and install the downloaded file and run WinDirStat.

3. Select the drive you want to analyze and press “OK”.
(In the case of me, I made one E Drive and filled it up for explanation.)
(In the following case, select E: in WinDirStat and click “OK”.)

4. Press “OK” to start the analysis. The result is as follows.

5. Select and open a large Folder (Test04 in the example above), and continue searching for files with this size.

6. It is not meaningful as below, but when the file that needs to be deleted due to the large capacity is confirmed, it is possible to delete the file through Delete immediately.

You can get a certain amount of capacity through the capacity-saving automation program, but if these programs no longer reduce the capacity, you have to manually find and delete the files to be deleted.

I think this will help WinDirStat a lot.




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