Simple free tool to find and remove the largest files in Windows. Restore lost disk space easily. Find large hidden files and view all files and folder sizes sorted by size in a neat list and chart.
Find & Remove Largest Unused Files
Nowadays storage is relatively cheap and at the same time huge, but as the applications and multimedia files grow too by providing more features and higher quality the disk cleanup process is an important topic as always.
Certainly, the best practice is to always keep an organized structure of files. Unfortunately, in the busy world today that is not always possible. Even the most pedantic individuals will sometimes extract, copy, duplicate, or save an edited version of a file in some hidden corner of the hard drive and forget it for years. Such lost space can grow to gigabytes and worst of all will slow the overall performance of the computer due to the growing number of files. Those of course will affect the speed of antivirus applications, backup applications, file search, and all other tools that scan the file system. So what are the options to restore such a system?
Identify Space Hogs – Remove Unused Large Files
Easy to say, but not easy to accomplish without the help of a professional tool. Folder Size Freeware is an advanced tool that can scan a system and list all files and folders sorted by size. You can see the distribution of the disk space using the neat pie or bar charts which you can also use for navigation.
This handy little tool is extremely fast and can scan a 128 GB SSD drive in just five seconds. A quick look at the results reveals the largest files and folders in the system and one can free gigabytes of disk space by just removing several video files or old backups that are stored in a hidden location.
Besides listing the files and folders with all their properties and providing multiple sort options, Folder Size generates a bunch of handy reports. One of the best to spot wasted disk space is the “Largest files and folders” report. What it does is list the top 100 largest files and folders inside the currently selected folder and all its sub-folders. This list is also available as separate “Largest files” and “Largest folders” reports.
Remove Redundant Data – Delete Duplicate Files
Fast Duplicate File Finder is a professional tool that can identify similar and duplicate files. While this is an advanced commercial application it has a FREE version. It has more than sufficient features for good disk cleanup. Luckily, those include the “100% Identical Files” and “Similar File Names” modes. While the “Similar Files” mode is present only in the PRO version. The tool performs a real file comparison. Therefore, it can identify duplicate files even if they are stored with different file names. It can scan a local computer or network.
The “Similar File Names” mode is extremely handy. It can identify “Copy of CV.doc”, “CV 2013.docx”, “CV 2014.doc” types of similar file names. Using the tool is extremely simple. Add the locations that you want to scan to the “Folders List“. Then select a search method and hit the “Scan” button. You will see the duplicates in minutes. The tool lists the results in a neat grid with all their properties. They are grouped by similarity. There is a neat preview window for most common file formats. Use it in order to view and compare the files visually. Then you can decide whether to keep or delete the copies. There are options to select files automatically by date, location, size, and so on. The duplicate files can be moved to a backup location, deleted to recycle bin, or permanently erased.
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