Keeping track of the files stored on your computer and external storage devices and knowing more about their size and the space they take up is not just about saving disk space, but also about knowing what we need and what we don’t need to keep. TreeSize Free provides you with a clear and easy-to-read interface where you can see all your disks, folders, and files sorted by size, modification date, name, etc.
Basically, the program can help you visualize the occupied disk space at a glance. You are offered two different viewing options – a more traditional tree-based view, with folders and files placed at different levels, and a chart view. The latter is a colorful and intuitive way of finding out about which types of files take up the most space and where. This stunning view of your storage space comes with optional labels and a legend that assign different colors to different file types, so that you can see at a glance how much disk sectors your music, videos, or documents are taking up. If the selected disk happens to store thousands of files, I advise you to check the “Show single files” box – it won’t tell you much about the size and type of your files, but you’ll end up with a beautiful mosaic of tiny colored tiles.
In more practical terms, TreeSize Free is great to locate large-sized files in a snap. The program can scan the largest disk in seconds, and will list all your folders, subfolders, and files (up to six levels) sorted by name, size (in GB, MB, KB, bytes, etc.), allocated space, number of files and subfolders inside a folder, percentage of the total size, modification date, you name it. You can search for a file/folder using the “Find” option, and print out reports of your disk’s contents for later use.
As many other free tools, TreeSize Free has a “professional” twin with all the functionality I missed in this otherwise useful tool. The pro version will let you find duplicates, visualize your disk space in more than two ways, manage the disk space of your smartphone or tablet, and archive, copy, and move your files, among other useful functions. If all you need is a tool to analyze and visualize your disks in terms of free and taken space and store this information for later file management tasks, the free version of TreeSize is all you need.