Useful tool for tracking disk usage

November 26, 2007

On more than one occasion I have found myself working on a server trying to install an application only to find the system drive is very low on space.

Although it wont solve this problem for you a free application called JDiskReport available from http://www.jgoodies.com/ will certainly help you find out exactly whats using all that space.

It works by scanning a given drive/folder which is then presented as a pie-chart that you can use to drill-down into the various folders, showing you a new pie-chart for each level.

I used it today and within 4-5 minutes had found nearly 8gb of unrequired log files on a server. Of course, the real solution is to not disk space become a problem in the first place, with a little bit of planning and consideration to the fact that disk space is far from expensive these days!

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