Did you know…

That in Windows, there is no limit to the size of the contents of a folder. There are limits on the number of files in it, however: from 512 files in a single folder for FAT16 file system (and if you use long file names, you will reduce this number) to 4,294,967,295 files in a folder for NTFS file system. Still, too large folders are often a sign of trouble: unused, duplicate, and temporary files can accumulate quickly, leading to disks being out of space.

Finding out the folder sizes becomes very useful when you want to look for folders that are taking up your hard drive space.

It can be done by right-clicking on the folder, selecting the “Properties” option and letting the system scan through the subfolders and files within to determine the folder size. However, the larger the folder is, the longer this process takes.

The solution is either to install a Windows extension that scans the folders in the background, or to use some third-party software. The second option might be considered more preferable since it doesn’t involve having an additional service running constantly, whether you need it at the moment or not.

We recommend to try ActiveSMART to find all your folder sizes and much more.

Folder and file statistic with ActiveSMART

All folders on this ActiveSMART screenshots sorted based on size