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WizTree 3.26

A very, very, very fast way to find the files and folders hogging your hard drive space

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 06 September 2018
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Developer: Antibody Software
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WizTree
A very, very, very fast way to find the files and folders hogging your hard drive space

WizTree is a tool which aims to help you find which files and folders are grabbing the most disk space. If that sounds a familiar idea, then it should - there are lots of programs doing the same thing - but WizTree still manages to add a new ingredient: speed.

Getting started here, for instance, works just like many similar applications, in that you'll choose the drive you'd like to check, before clicking "Scan". But rather than crawling manually through every folder, WizTree just accesses the drive's MFT (Master File Table, the NTFS index of everything the drive contains), and that means it's able to display a report in seconds (2.43 on our test PC).

The report itself opens with a tree view, which displays the folders using the most drive space. We saw that, for instance, our "Program Files (x86)" folder was using 14.3%. Why? Expanding that listed its subfolders, again in order of space consumed, and it turned out that the Steam folder was the main culprit, being responsible for 40.3% of that consumption all on its own.

And if that's not enough, clicking the "Top 1000 Largest Files" tab does precisely what its name suggests, displaying all your most space-hogging files in a single list. Basic details (size, last modified date) are visible up-front, but you can also view the file properties as usual, and there are various right-click options to open the file's folder in Explorer, open a command prompt there, or just delete it immediately.

WizTree's hard drive reporting and management features are nothing too special, then. But they're good enough to get the job done, and the program's extra turn of speed means you're more likely to use it (especially as the program is portable, so you can run it from just about anywhere).

Recent 3.26 changes include (see release notes for more):

- Colors can now be linked to file extensions (configure via Options->Colors, set "Color by" to "Extension")
- Windows high DPI scaling support improved (fonts would appear far too large on some PCs when 200% or more scaling was enabled)

Verdict:

There's no tedious waiting around here, WizTree provides a near-instant list of your hard drive space hogs - very impressive

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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