Date: September 10, 2016

Press Release - Disk Utility shows seven new reports on folders and files in Windows

Windows 10 has arrived and one can see that Windows Explorer has really improved a lot. Yet, the Explorer still does not show the total disk space occupied by folders. Many users seem to be disappointed by this. But there is a very good reason why this feature continues to be absent. Windows Explorer is a file manager and not disk space software. Drilling down to add up folder sizes would slow it down considerably. Microsoft seems to have left this feature for third party applications like ShowSize to tackle. ShowSize specializes in listing Folder Sizes, File Types and other reports that Windows Explorer does not show, primarily because it's a file manager.

AvniTech Solutions has updated its Disk Space Analyzer, ShowSize, to version 5.7 with support for Windows 10. With ShowSize, Windows users can now find biggest folders and files taking up their disk space. ShowSize gives seven useful disk reports, such as, Folder Sizes, File Types, Only Files and so on. It also allows to print the contents of folders or the list of files easily.

ShowSize gives you a clear picture of disk space usage on your drives. As a result you can find out what folders, file types and files are consuming the most disk space. You can then examine these in further detail by going deeper into ShowSize reports that display the disk space related data in a hierarchical tree list. The end result is that you are in a better position to identify and remove unwanted folders and files to get more disk space for the new and useful stuff.

Advanced users such as network administrators can take advantage of this information to monitor the disk space consumed by various users in their organization, and can produce helpful reports that avoid system bloat and inform these users about the details of their disk space usage.

ShowSize is heavy-duty software that can scan terabytes of disk space and can show lists containing millions of items. This is possible by an innovative virtual listing technology that it uses. ShowSize also has advanced filtering options to skip, include or color symbolic links, compressed sizes, and system and hidden files.

ShowSize has the familiar Windows Explorer look, with standard icons and a tree list to choose folders for scanning. The target disk location for scanning can be a folder, an entire disk or a network UNC path. Unlike many poorly designed disk utilities, ShowSize allows the user to cancel out of any time consuming scanning operation and suggests ways to make the scanning faster for quicker results.

Once the scan of a disk location completes, the software shows seven different types of reports in a tabbed interface. These reports are Folder Sizes Report, File Types Report, Folder and Files Report, Active Folders Report, Only Files Report, Only Folders Report, and Owners Report. All the reports are highly configurable where the users can determine what columns they want displayed in what order, with drag and drop support. Any report can be printed, making ShowSize a first-class printing utility to produce impressive printouts of folder contents--subfolders, files, files grouped by file types or owners, and so on.

The primary report useful for folder space analysis is the Folder Sizes Report. This report is hierarchical and shows the total size of each contained subfolder in easy-to-read columns. One can see at a glance, the size of all the subfolders at all levels along with the number of files and folders within them. There are advanced information columns too that report the wasted space in partial clusters on the drive. The report can be sorted on any column by a pull down button or by simply clicking on the column header. A pie chart can be produced on a pop up screen to show the top 16 items eating up the most disk space. The pie chart is smart enough to work on whichever column is currently sorted in the report. For example, if you have sorted the report on number of files then it shows the top 16 folders which have the highest number of files. The number of items painted in the pie chart can be changed too.

What is more, the Folder Sizes report is accompanied by useful actions to work on the report items. For example, if you have identified the folders that contain unwanted stuff and need to delete them, you can remove them right from within ShowSize by using a right-click menu item. Similarly, you can open a folder from the report in Windows Explorer to further examine it or you can start another copy of ShowSize on that folder to analyze it independently of the current folder. You can also start a command line or administrator command line window on the selected folder. You can select multiple folders arbitrarily in the list and a popup window shows you the running total size of the selected folders. This can be useful, for instance, to select some folders to copy to a CD, and to make sure that the total size fits within the CD.

All ShowSize reports can be exported in text or html format. Advanced users can export the data in a CSV format for further analysis in their own database or spreadsheet programs. They can also use the powerful command line options of ShowSize for the purpose of automation in batch programs. A ShowSize report can also be installed on Windows Explorer's right-click menu so that the report is just one click away.

In addition to the primary Folder Sizes Report, ShowSize produces many other reports. A brief description of these additional reports follows. The screenshots and further details can be seen on the web site

The File Types Report allows you to see at a glance what file types are present deep within the hierarchy of the target disk location. It shows the total size and number of files in each file type, and each file type item can further be expanded to reveal the files belonging to that file type. For example, you can see the total space taken up by all your JPG files on a disk or can find the latest JPG file by sorting on the date column in that list.

The Only Files report is a really innovative features in ShowSize that you are unlikely to find elsewhere. You can see all the files at all levels in a single, flat file list. That allows you to perform some really interesting analysis. For example, you can sort on the size column to quickly locate the largest file on a disk. Or, you can find the latest modified file on a disk. A disk in these days can easily contain millions of files and to list them in a single scrolling list is no easy task. ShowSize uses virtual listing technology that makes this possible. The Only Folders report is quite similar but shows all the folders in a single flat list.

The Active Folders Report allow you to locate the most active folders in terms of number or size of files modified within them. This data can be quite useful for Network Administrators.

The Owners Report allows you to see at a glance what NTFS file owners are present deep within the hierarchy of the target disk location. It shows the total size and number of files belonging to each owner, and an owner item can be further expanded to reveal the files belonging to it. This report is quite useful for network administrators.

Another useful feature in ShowSize is the ability to save the reports data and to view them on any system later, even on a system not connected to the original network. Whether you're a network administrator who needs to analyse and control the disk space occupied by the users in your organization or a home user who wants to get more disk space to install new software, ShowSize is the disk space tool that you need to get.

ShowSize runs under Windows 10 and on earlier versions of Windows, both 32-bit and 64-bit. The product can be purchased from the web site A free trial can also be downloaded there.

About AvniTech Solutions

Based in Pune, India, AvniTech Solutions develops and markets productivity software for business and home users. In addition to ShowSize, the company also offers WhizFolders Outliner that helps prepare useful outlines for all kinds of writing projects.