Visual Directory Explorer: Free Disk Space Finder

(c) 1999-2006 Scott M. Baker, SB-Software,

Visual Directory Explorer displays a pie chart depicting file sizes on your hard drive. You can navigate the pie chart (and its associated tree view) through the directory structure of your disk and see which programs are hogging up disk space.

How to use it:

When you first launch visdir, you'll get a dialog that'll ask if you want to scan your entire computer or only scan a specific folder:

Once you've selected your choice, hit the appropriate <Go> button and VisDir will scan your disk, computing how much space is taken up in each directory. For most people, this will only take a minute or so. For people with zillions of files, it may take a while longer. You can hit the <Stop> button to abort at any time.

Once scanning is completed, you'll get a split-pane display. One the left is a "tree view" of your directory structure and on the right is the "pie chart". The size of a slice in the pie chart corresponds to how much space that subdirectory is using. You can click on the pie slices, or on the entries in the tree view to drill down through the directories.

What is it good for:

I use it when I'm running out of disk space. Sometimes it's hard to know what programs or files are taking up a lot of your disk space, and VisDir can be a big help.

Command Line Options:

You can include a directory as a command line option and VisDir will start from that directory rather than scanning your entire computer. For example, "visdir c:\games".

Contacting the Author:

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If you have any questions or comments, or if the damn thing just doesn't work for some reason, let me know at I really do place a high value on user suggestions, so I like to get as much feedback as possible!

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