We all know even high performance and super fast bikes come tuned for roads and not race-tracks. Its engine, NOS systems, brakes, suspension and other parts need to be checked thoroughly and tweaked before exploiting it to its full potential.
The same rule is applicable to computers. To maintain system’s speed you need to leave say, about 20% of your computer’s main hard disk free for system tasks and virtual memory operations. If there are loads of files, downloads, etc, you need to tweak the settings for optimizing the performance and get rid of some files, if necessary.
But, how do you find the location of a file that is consuming largest portion of the memory? Search them manually? Not anymore! There are few good programs that can save the day for you. These programs, referred as DISK ANALYZERS, analyze the disk space and allow you to graphically view the distribution of hard disk space among files. We have already freeware like SpaceSniffer, Disk Space Fan, Disk Savvy and Better Directory Analyzer. Today let us check out Saleen File Pro – which is also free for personal use.
Analyze Disk Space and Usage
Saleen File Pro is a professional disk and file manipulation tool that analyzes the disk space from many perspectives, such as Tree Map, Tree Size, File Statistics, Folder Statistics and much more. The freeware program consumes only little CPU memory and is light on other resources too. Above all, it is free for personal use.
Please note the free version of the application is available as ‘Home Edition’ so make sure while installing you choose the correct version of it. After you have installed the program successfully, the first function that it will perform is scanning your C: drive, this process may take few minutes to complete.
Once done, it will generate a report wherein you will be easily able to locate the file or folder consuming the largest portion of the memory. How? You will notice an unusually big file/folder on the ‘Treemap’. The file/folder is so large in size that it is worth some further investigation.
So to investigate further, you will be required to zoom-in the file/folder. How? Just do a right-click on the desired file/folder and select ‘Zoom to file’ or ‘Zoom to Folder’ option. With this option you will get an idea whether the file/folder is useful or not. If not useful, delete it safely.
By default, File Pro allows you to view the disk space distribution in ‘Treemap’ view. A disk treemap is a graphical representation of the size allocation of a directory or drive. If you want, you can view the disk space distribution in other 3 views viz,
- Tree size
- Folder Statistics
- File Statistics.
Also, the program uses a different color for each directory level. Files are drawn using white color.
File Pro features:
- Generates disk treemaps for local or network volumes
- Support for Searching and locating files in treemaps by automatic zoom-in and positioning
- Directory analysis
File Pro is compatible with Windows 7 and can be downloaded for free from here.