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WinDirStat – Free Disk Usage Statistics Tool
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It was back in 2003 that the developer Bernhard Seifert came across KDirStat, a KDE graphical disk-space analyzer for Linux, and he was fascinated by it. Since there was no similar tool for Windows at the time, Bernhard Seifert and Oliver Schneider set to work and came up with WinDirStat. In October 2003, version 1.0 of the graphical disk usage analyzer for Microsoft Windows was released to the public. Since then, the tool has been downloaded more than 4.2 million times and has become one of the most popular open source projects on SourceForge.

If you would like to add your download to the 4.2+ million ones mentioned above, you will be glad to find out that it will take very little time to download WinDirStat. It’s a less than 1MB download, so it can’t take long, not even on a lousy internet connection. A wizard will then guide you through the steps in order to install WinDirStat on your Windows –powered machine (any Windows version, from Windows 95 up to Windows 7). You can choose between a full installation, a custom installation, and two recommended installations (one with English only and one with all additional languages).

Downloading and installing WinDirStat isn’t the only thing that can be characterized as speedy – using the application can also be characterized as such. The moment you launch WinDirStat, you will be asked to select a drive for the application to scan; you can choose “All Local Drives” or “Individual Drives.” The application will then read your drives and, in very little time, it will present you with a directory list (similar to Windows Explorer), an extension list and a treemap.

All your files and directories are depicted as a colored rectangle on the treemap. The rectangles have different colors, based on the type of the file. From WinDirStat you can navigate your system, see how your disk space is used and remove files that are needlessly taking up space on your disk. And you can do that free of charge (as mentioned above, WinDirStat is an open source project).

A feature that made me smile is the Pacman animation: while WinDirStat is reading your disk, it displays a Pacman animation. If for some reason you don’t like the animation, you can disable it from the “Options” menu.

WinDirStat is appealing because it is an efficient and easy to use graphical disk usage analyzer and because it is an open source project. It is a good choice for anyone looking for a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Windows.

The setup wizard presents you with several installation options. The application’s interface is easy to figure out. WinDirStat takes little time to read your disk and present you with disk usage statistics. The Pacman animation will entertain you while WinDirStat is reading the disk. There are several options to play with, including one to send reports via email. All the functionality WinDirStat has to offer is free; this is an open source project.

The interface is intuitive and functional, but it isn’t exactly pretty.

You can download WinDirStat free here.
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WinDirStat has been reviewed by George Norman on 01 Feb 2012. Based on the user interface, features and complexity, Findmysoft has rated WinDirStat 4 out of 5 stars, naming it Excellent
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