In recent months, I've been slowly squeezed out of disk space by Torrent downloads and various installs (all of them necessary, of course.) On a number of occasions, I've tried going manually through my disk, deleting/uninstalling things as I go, but it really hasn't freed up much space. I needed help to find out what was leeching so much of my precious Gigs.
This weekend, I finally finished Half Life 2 (awesome!) after a long hiatus (my latest saved game was from April 2009.) I have had that game and the separate Episode Pack for well over a year but with the move to 4Point and all the exciting things going on I haven't had much time to sit at my PC for anything else than work.
Well, long story short, I finished off Half Life 2 this afternoon but had no room left to install the Episode Pack. Enter SpaceSniffer, a little Java-based freeware app that analyzes the used space on your Hard Drive and presents it in a visual way, in real-time no less. Now I finally know where all my Gigs have gone.
Intuitive and -- dare I say -- Kinda Fun
SpaceSniffer crawls through your directories, one at a time, doing an analysis of the directory tree and presenting its findings as it goes. It's a little difficult to describe how it looks, but the UI is slowly sub-divided into boxes representing the folders on the drive, from the top-level and on down. As the process crawls deeper into the tree and the visual boxes get smaller, SpaceSniffer begins to hide the overwhelming details, allowing you to concentrate on what's relevant. If you ever want to see those hidden details, you can just click on a box and it will be divided into sub-boxes representing it's contents. très cool.
So, if you are running out of disk space, or would just like to do a little disk clean-up, this is the program you've been looking for. SpaceSniffer runs on Windows 2000, XP, Vista and WIndows 7.
Thumbs up from here to Uderzo Umberto for creating such a polished, useful and focused piece of software. Grazie mille!