How I analyze user disk space with ShowSize

July 15, 2009

“I use ShowSize as a tool to assist in the development of Excel Workbook Reports for our IT staff. The tool has also become valuable in the migration (virtualization) of our servers into an IBM Data Center running VMware Infrastructure and analyzing data at the multi-terabyte level.
At my most routine use, ShowSize allows me to [...]

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The report I use most often

February 3, 2009

As a developer, the “Only Files” report is most useful to me. When using Visual Studio, I often have my ASP.NET web site projects several levels deep. I keep a copy of the actual web site in another location from where I upload it by ftp to the server. This is so because the web.config [...]

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Redirecting the working folder used by ShowSize

December 19, 2008

This article is old. Now, ShowSize has an option where you can specify a folder on a different drive where it will create temporary files. This is specially useful if you are running out of disk space on the drive where Windows has its temp folder assigned.
But the following article is still useful to know [...]

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Reporting last used files

October 6, 2008

Updated information on this feature: This article is old. Now ShowSize does not show Unused Files report or Last Used column on Windows Vista/7 or later systems. It shows it on earlier systems like XP but only with a warning. In general, it is advisable not to depend on Last Used Date feature of Windows [...]

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Exporting CSV with a separator other than comma

October 1, 2008

I’m trying to export a files-only listing that is quite large (over 80000 files). About 550 of these files have commas in the filename. Because of this, when I try to do a CSV import, it is looking at the comma in the filename and thinking that it is supposed to be used as a [...]

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Seeing files created or modified today

September 5, 2008

Can ShowSize list ALL files even in sub-folders that were created on a certain date, such as, all files created today or a date I can enter? I would love to be able to see all the files created or modified today because I have a disk that is filling up fast and not [...]

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Scans for folder sizes take time

April 1, 2008

Have you wondered why Windows Explorer does not show sizes of folders? It would become too slow as a file manager. You need special disk software like ShowSize that is not a file manager.
Scans for folder sizes take time. It depends on how big the folder is in terms of number of folders and files [...]

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ShowSize on Windows Vista/7

February 7, 2008

Update: The following discussion applies not only to Windows Vista but to Windows 7 too.
I will attempt to explain why we had to discontinue the “Unused files report” starting with Windows Vista and why I advise not to use it even on earlier Windows systems now.
Vista breaks the “Unused Files” feature for NTFS:
On Vista, by [...]

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ShowSize displays values in KB, MB, GB or TB. Can I change it to display values in bytes only?

January 30, 2008

Yes, you can put on the option to display values in bytes in the General page of the Options screen. The option is called “Show column values in bytes.”
Note that when you export a CSV file from ShowSize, the values are always exported in bytes because you may need to do your custom calculations in [...]

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ShowSize is fast!

January 30, 2008

ShowSize has been designed carefully for optimized performance. It is important to understand the following concepts when you use such a program that can produce huge reports:
Great capacity for huge listings and their printout:
ShowSize uses virtual list technology to accommodate even millions of items in the reports without using too much memory.
Most of the operations [...]

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