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by JB Burke

Q. My C drive is about full, and I would like to know what folders are the big ones so I can thin it out. How can I do that without opening every folder individually and making notes as I go?

A. There is an easy fix for this issue. The free program is called Folder Size, and it can be found here or do a Google search for "windows folder size utility". It should come up first.

Download it to your download folder, or wherever you can easily find it. Click or double click to start the install. Answer the usual questions to allow installation to begin. Accept the agreement and accept the suggested folder for the install. Click Next each time. I would leave the "Create a desktop icon" and "Create "Scan with Folder Size" context menu items checked. Click Next again. Then click Install. After install, the program should start. The Context Menu item lets you right click on a drive or folder in Windows Explorer and open Folder Size from there.

The Folder Size screen will be divided into 4 parts. Upper left will start off empty; lower left will list all your drives, showing drive size, used and free space amounts. The upper right and lower right will also be empty. Go to the top of the screen and choose a drive in the drop down box, then click the right facing green arrow. When it finishes scanning the drive, it will fill the other three boxes with: a simple folder size list (upper left); a detailed folder size list (upper right), with percentages, the number of files, the number of sub folders and various dates; and a graph (lower right), which can be either a pie chart or a bar chart.

All four windows can be resized by dragging the horizontal and vertical bars that separate them. And column sizes can be expanded or contracted by dragging the thin vertical bars at the top of each window. Now if that doesn't give you a clear picture of where your big data hides, I don't know what will.

Published: Courier 9/15/13 - Page 4C