Has it ever happened to you that a disk is completely full but you don’t know why? In that case, we can check Disk Space Usage in a Folder to know how big a folder is and how much space is it taking. We have a few methods on how to do the same. Let us check them out.
Check Disk Space Usage in a Folder in Windows 11/10
The following are methods to Check Disk Space Usage in a Folder in Windows 11/10.
- Check the Folder’s Size from File Explorer
- Check the Folder’s Size from Command Prompt
- Check the Folder’s Size from Windows Settings
- Check the Folder’s Size from TreeSize
Let us talk about them in detail.
1] Check the Folder’s Size from File Explorer
Let us start by checking the Folder’s Size from File Explorer. The only caveat with this method is that you won’t be able to see folder storage usage but will be able to see how much space is it taking. To do the same, follow the prescribed steps.
- Open File Explorer on your computer.
- Navigate to the location of the folder you want to check the size of.
- Right-click on the folder and select Properties.
- Go to the General tab and check both Size and Size on disk.
- Click Ok to exit.
If you think this method is too lengthy, you can just hover your cursor over the folder you want to know the size of. You will see a lot of details about that folder, from there, you can check the Size. Hopefully, this help you in managing your storage.
2] Check the Folder’s Size from Command Prompt
If you are familiar with CMD, you can use it to check the folder size. It is quite easy, all you have to do is run some commands in the elevated mode of Command Prompt. So, open Command Prompt as an administrator and run the following command.
Now, that you are in that folder, run the following command and it will print out all the details you need.
Every single subdirectory will be scanned and the size of the folder will be displayed. That is how you can use Command Prompt to see your folder’s details.
3] Check the Folder’s Size from Windows Settings
Last but not least, we can also try to check the size of the folder using Windows Settings. Windows Settings is a graphical interface that can help you in configuring your system and knowing its details. To know the size of the folder using Settings, try the following steps.
- Open Settings.
- Go to System > Storage.
- Click on the Show more categories button placed under Temporary files.
- You will be able to see all the categories consuming your storage, click on Others.
- The disk space consumed by every single folder will be displayed there. Look for the folder you want to check the size of, from the list.
Hopefully, know you know to check the disk space usage in a folder.
4] Check the Folder’s Size from TreeSize
You can also use a freeware called TreeSize to know your folder’s size. Using the context menu of a folder or a drive, TreeSize can be used to see the size of folders, subfolders, files and NTFS compression rates. There are other Free Disk Space Analyzer software too that you may want to take a look at.
This will help you free up & increase hard disk space on your PC.
How do you see what folders are taking up space in Windows 11?
You can use Windows Settings to know which folder is taking up space on your Windows 11 computer. It is not straightforward, you need to dig a little deeper to fetch the information. But there is nothing to worry about; in this section, we will show you can do this probing. Just follow the prescribed steps.
- Launch Windows Settings by Win + I.
- Go to System > Storage.
- Click on Show more categories. It will be under Temporary files.
- Go to Others.
- You will be able to see details of all the folders there.
Similarly, you can check the details on a Windows 10 computer.
How do I find out what files are taking up the most space?
It is quite easy to know what files are taking up space and how much space they are taking using Windows Settings on both Windows 11 and 10. You need to go to Settings > System > Storage. There you can see file types along with the amount of space they are taking. To know more, just click on Show more categories. All file types will be visible. In case your Hard Disk is filling up for no particular reason, check our article to resolve this issue.