Directory size

Directory size and how to check it on Windows

Directory – is a where your files are stored on the hard drive. Your photos, pictures, games, movies and documents. Everything. And you always need more space for everything, right? Therefore, directories on the hard drive of your notebook or PC are constantly growing. And once you got the warning messages from Windows, saying that the disk space is low!

Don’t forget that there are utilities that will help you understand how much space the files and directories consume on your disk drives, and help you find obsolete files and folders. Some of those utilities can visualize your directory sizes, making it easier to evaluate them. You can also download and install software monitoring of you hard disk activity, if you want to identify the cause of what is slowing down your PC or the cause of lack of hard disk space.

ActiveSMART is the best well known software to do all these things – monitor your hard drive activity, scan your disk and check directory size and show you all the information about directories and folders on your disk – how many files they contains inside, how much space they occupy on your drive and many more useful information.

Check directory size with ActiveSMART

How to check directory size?
To see which directories are on your hard disk and which ones are big open ActiveSMART and choose Disk Space Analyzer tab. Click Select disk or folder and choose what do you want to scan to check size – whole hard disk or some folder, for example – Windows. Next – ActiveSMART will scart to scan your disk, calculate the directory sizes and show you a picture (it’s called TreeMap technology) of your hard drive or directory with all the folders and files, sorted by its size. Check the screenshot – you can see all your disk contents at a glance! Download ActiveSMART now and check it right now.

Screenshot of ActiveSMART with directory map sorted by size

Did you know?
That you can restrict the directory sizes for the user to a certain limit?
This feature is particularly useful if you have many users accessing the same computer and you would like to restrict the space usage for some of them. You will need to take the following steps:

– right-click on the drive where you would like to enable this feature, select Properties, go to the Quota tab;
– select checkbox against “Enable Quota Management” option;
– click on the “Quota Entries” button, select the user for enabling disk usage quota, and enter the amount of space you wish to let them use.

Remember that each drive has separate quota settings, and the actions you take on one volume do not affect the other volumes.