Handy+Pretty tools


I’ve been a long time user of SpaceMonger
and i thought i’d point you to it.  I find it to be incredibly useful
for figuring out where your space is being used quickly and
intuitively.  For example, i often use VPCs and they have *huge* disk
images.  Every now and then i toss one into a folder somewhere and then
totally forget that i did that.  Then, later i realize “holy crap! i’m
out of space!”.   I can just run this tool and immediately see the
problem at hand.  Hovering over a region will tell me the total size it
occupies, and by double clicking on any colored region, i’ll then get a
zoomed in view of that folder with a whole new level of detail.  Very
very useful.  (I also think the display is very pretty (except for the
buttons at the top) and simple to use and understand).

Here’s a view of my disk right now.  You can see a couple of
interesting things in it.  One is my private branch
(csharp_private_cyrusn) where i do all my own source code management
and hammer out my stuff on my own.  Then, there’s the private
branch that my team uses (lab22dev) where my code will be integrated
into once it meets a certain code quality level.  “lab22dev” is
actually a misnomer and should be called csharp_private. 
csharp_private is actually a branch off of lab22dev, which is a branch
off of lab22, which is a branch off of “main” where the official builds
come from.

In this case the tool let me discover that i was using 1 GB in my
Desktop\BadThings directory.  This is a location i keep around for
things that make me sad.  In this case i had a crash dump in our
code that i had investigated and fixed, but hadn’t remembered to
delete.  So while running this tool normally makes me happy
because it’s so pretty, in this case it made me sad because it reminded
me of bugs we’d had in the past.

Comments (7)

  1. Marcus Stade says:

    Nice pagefile ;o)

  2. Anonymous says:

    We use WinDirStat (http://windirstat.sourceforge.net/)

    As well as detailing relative sizes, it will also give you percentages by file type as well.

    Very cool.

  3. David Betz says:

    Enough mail?? Haha! Nice! You beat me by a long shot…

  4. Sam says:

    well, honestly I think Sequioa View does the same job and looks much nicer doing it :)

    Try for yourself: http://www.win.tue.nl/sequoiaview/

  5. DrPizza says:

    Yeah, I use SequoiaView, because it’s way prettier.

  6. secretGeek says:

    that’s brilliant Cyrus.

    thanks for pointing it out