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Can't sort folders by size RRS feed

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  • I need to free up some space on my hard drive. How do I sort my folders of movies by folder size, so that I can copy the largest folders to a spare drive?

    This is really important for filekeeping. I have 100s of folders and am not willing to right click or hover over each one to see its size. If Windows 7 is capable of showing the folder size when I right click, then surely it can find the folder size for each folder. On my SSD that will take a few seconds.

    So how am I meant to do this simple task, which any decent OS should be able to fulfil?
    Thursday, February 18, 2010 9:50 PM

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  • please download the program TreeSizeFree ( http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/ ) and run it. It shows you which folders use all the space.
    Are you able to locate the folder which uses most space?

    André
    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Thursday, February 18, 2010 11:22 PM
  • Thanks. I've tried treesize free, it's good and fast, but it's not good for selecting multiple folders, and cutting and pasting them to a new drive. It has slow transfer speeds when pasting, I don't know why.

    If treesize can scan my drive in like 2 seconds, then why can't windows have this function? The argument amount hanging or recursive searching is redundant, and there should be an option for network admins to turn off the option on their systems if it slows down.

    Microsoft's refusal to implement a folder size sort column is just staggeringly naive and I resent it hugely.

    Treesize is OK, and it demonstrates that calculating folder sizes on a modern system is computationally trivial.
    Friday, February 19, 2010 12:09 AM
  • Go to this site:

    http://mymfe.microsoft.com/Windows 7/Feedback.aspx?formID=195

    and send a Feedback about this missing function and hope that MS implements it in a Windows 7 SP or in Windows 8.

    André
    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Friday, February 19, 2010 1:19 AM
  • Thank you, I sent feedback. Is there any possible reason why MS would fail to implement this mind bogglingly obvious feature for the first service pack? Surely there can be none?
    Monday, February 22, 2010 3:02 PM
  • Bump. I'd really like to know how Microsoft advises us to organise large folders on our hard drive while only being able to see the size of one folder at a time. How do we do it?

    Do we right click on each folder and write down the answer? Do we manually create an excel spreadsheet of folders and sizes? Come on folks, how do the Win7 team envisage that we perform housekeeping on our hard drives? I'd really like to know. Thanks
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010 9:13 AM
  • I doubt that you'll get an official answer here. Use TreeSizeFree as a workaround and make sure that your partition is huge enough to store all your data.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010 1:48 PM
  • I need to free up some space on my hard drive. How do I sort my folders of movies by folder size, so that I can copy the largest folders to a spare drive?

    This is really important for filekeeping. I have 100s of folders and am not willing to right click or hover over each one to see its size. If Windows 7 is capable of showing the folder size when I right click, then surely it can find the folder size for each folder. On my SSD that will take a few seconds.

    So how am I meant to do this simple task, which any decent OS should be able to fulfil?

    Surprised nobody has answered this. Assuming I understand what your looking for correctly, by right clicking inside the window on the white background (not on a file)the context menu contains all of the traditional "view" options

     

    OOPS! didn't realise it was an old post

    • Edited by Dragon934 Monday, July 5, 2010 4:22 PM old post
    Monday, July 5, 2010 4:18 PM