Analyzing and determining what files and/or folders are consuming hard drive space; and how much space is left at any given time is a difficult task for the everyday computer user. Learning such things as kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes, petabytes is beyond the comprehensive level of many; HOWEVER, this is the naming convention that Windows uses to to determine file sizes, folder sizes; AND the space remaining and/or consumed on a drive.
This will not make any sense to many, but here is a sample of the units of measure used by Windows:
1 kilobyte (1K) = 1024 bytes
1 megabyte (1MB) = 1048576 bytes (1024 x 1024)
1 gigabyte (1GB) = 1073741824 bytes (1024 x 1024 x 1024)
1 terabyte (1TB) = 1099511627776 bytes (1024 x 1024 x 1024 x 1024)
This is where Xinorbis can help… Xinorbis is capable of giving you a quick “visual” graphical analysis of how the space on your computer is being used and distributed. I have also found it is a good learning tool to help make sense out of the naming conventions (e.g. kilobyte, megabyte, gigabyte, etc…) due to “percentages” being assigned as well (which we can relate to). Another factor with Xinorbis, that sets well with me, is that there is a portable version available that you can carry on your flash drive.
It makes it easy to see the contents, structure and file distribution and file composition of a whole hard disk, directory, or mapped network drive. Includes full report creation.
Xinorbis can create the following reports;
HTML (with or without graphs), scan/category data
XML, scan/category data and full file listing
CSV, scan/category data and full file listing
Text, scan/category data
It’s also possible to copy the data directory from Xinorbis’ charts and tables, just press the right mouse button over a chart, table or tree view to see a list of export options.
- analyze a single drive, folder or merge several together in one report
- view the results by file type, attributes, size, user (owner) and date
- the Folder History feature allows you to compare the contents of a folder or drive at times and dates
- in-bullt powerful search engine (save results to a file or clipboard)
- find duplicate files (by name and size)
- complex report generation (with many user customisations) with export to HTML, ASCII, CSV or XML
- save reports and tables for later comparison or for inclusion in other documents
- shell support, scan a directory through Windows Explorer