If your hard drive is almost full, taking a critical look at its contents to see which files and folders are taking up the most space (and then deleting any that aren’t necessary) should your first plan of action.

While “File explorer” can give you a general idea of what’s on your hard drive, Folder Size, freeware, gives a much more thorough breakdown of your hard drive contents, offering pie graph analysis and an organized list of your most useful folders, letting you decide what you want to delete.

Our guide will outline how you can view what’s taking up your hard drive space with Folder Size and eliminate the useless data.

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Install Folder Size

Developed by MindGems, Folder Size is one of the latest tries at creating a hard drive analysis tool, and it succeeds. First, you’ll need to download the software by visiting MindGems’ site. Once arrived, click the white box where it says “Download” in the middle of the page.


Next, install the software by following the prompts and when you’re done, you will see a message letting you know the install is complete.


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When using this software please take note that not all of the features will be available (as a way to get you to buy the full version). The main feature that is not available in the free version is the export menu tool.

But if you’re only curious to see how your files and folders are distributed on your hard drive and don’t necessarily need to share it with others, then the free version should be fine for your needs. When Folder Size loads for the first time, note the attractive user-interface.


To start a scan of your entire hard drive, you will need to go to the top of the screen where the white drop-down menu with your hard drives listed. Click the drop-down arrow, and select the drive you want to scan.


For a general scan of your entire hard drive, keep “Local Disk (C:)” selected, and to “start the scan” click the “green arrow” to the right of the menu.


The scan is complete after a few minutes thanks to some smart algorithms built into the program, and you can watch the progress of the scan in the top-left corner of the user-interface.


When the scanning is completed, you will get what’s called a “Neat List,” which is essentially a list of everything on your hard drive listed in size, from the types of files taking up the most space to the files taking up the least amount of space.


Folder Size will also display a “graph” of your hard drive contents to make them easier to understand, and it will be shown directly in the user interface after the hard drive scanning is done too, beneath the Neat List.


And as stated earlier, in the free version of Folder Size you cannot export your hard drive results procured from this software. That, unfortunately, is only available in the pay version.

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For anyone who needs to examine the used space in their hard drive, Folder Size delivers. It may have some unusable features smattered throughout, but if you can overlook these and focus on how easy it is to use and how quickly it scans your hard drive, then Folder Size is definitely worth your time.

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For another way to view your hard drive space, check out our post – Get a Visual Snapshot and Manage Hard Drive space effectively with WinDirStat.