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Windows 7: Why no folder size in Win7?

07 Dec 2009   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Right click on folder -> Properties...
Sort by-> Size...
Is that so hard to do?

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07 Dec 2009   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sopolias Falst View Post
Right click on folder -> Properties...
Sort by-> Size...
Is that so hard to do?
I don't see how this provides a sorted list of folders by size. Can you be more specific about the steps?
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03 Jul 2010   #13

Windows 7

This is more of an issue for those running win 7 on an ssd. Mines and OCZ Vertex LE 50 gb and with some of the 'new' folders in windows 7 the things get massive.
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23 Sep 2010   #14

7 64

there are a multitude of reasons for wanting folder sizes readily displayed; probably as many as there are people who use a win os and keep requesting it. so to minimize the need based on YOUR use is ignorant and shortsighted (clears throat-logicearth/brandrune-clears throat).

here is one scenario; by chance the one i am in. i recently backed up files from one of my machines to a central archive (i use a mac at work and a pc at home using an external hd for backup) but for file name character length restriction reasons the mac or the pc truncated some file names and the copy process left me with folder after folder of dup files with different slightly names. now i am left with either keeping an untold amount of duplicate but misnamed files or i can do some manual cleaning which is ok with me. while this is a little tedious it was made infinitely easier using the third party 'folder size' which integrated right into explorer and allowed me, at a glance, to see which folders/subfolders were larger and therefore contained the dup files i was looking for. then i installed 7...

anyone want to take a guess at what a pain in the a$$ it is to right click for properties or wait for tooltip delays on hundreds and hundred of folders?

i shouldn't have to jump though hoops or look for third party file management aps to do something so simple as display info. i mean computers are meant to display info after the computation right?

i also find it a bit nefarious that the bottom status bar in vista/7 tells you everything about a folder EXCEPT folder size when MS clearly must know some of us want it. the option should be there unless the point of operating systems is now to limit what we can do. oh, wait...this is an MS product.
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12 Oct 2010   #15

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1

At this point I'm willing to pay - somebody sell me a utility program that won't hurt performance and provides a column in Explorer that gives me the damn Folder Size.

Why is the need for this even questioned? It's vital information for many Windows users. Because you don't include yourself in that category is no reason to assume the need doesn't exist, or that your solutions are adequate.

As the previous poster stated, right-clicking hundreds of folders or waiting 1...2...3...seconds for the tooltip to pop up (and sometimes it doesn't) is unacceptable. I'm furious about this omission to an otherwise pretty great Windows 7 Pro experience.

Adding insult to injury, the details pane at the bottom omits such an obvious stat - How Big is this Folder? I'm not one to indulge conspiracy theories but there must be a reason all those MS Win7 developers decided to leave out this particular statistic, as a column or in the details pane.

I hope you guys responding with variations of "oh poo-poo, hardly anyone needs this" never find yourself in the situation many of us are in now, wasting time (which often equals "money") determining the size of our directories.

Please - you coders out there - develop the next "foldersize for Windows" that was such a hit with XP. You can be kind and write in opensource code or if you prefer, charge for your work. If it adds a Folder Size column in Explorer and doesn't impact performance (exactly like "foldersize for Windows") I'm willing, no, I'm anxious to pay - RIGHT NOW!
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12 Oct 2010   #16

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rcanino View Post
At this point I'm willing to pay - somebody sell me a utility program that won't hurt performance and provides a column in Explorer that gives me the damn Folder Size.
Without hurting performances will be impossible. Open a folder with a lot of sub folders using such an extension and your computer will take a nose dive, there is no question about it. What you are asking for will in fact take a huge slice of performance and kill it right off. I/O is not cheap and such an extension will suck up I/O like no ones business.
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12 Oct 2010   #17

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Without hurting performances will be impossible. ...I/O is not cheap and such an extension will suck up I/O like no ones business.
Apparently you never used the freeware I referred to, otherwise you wouldn't have to challenge my experience, you'd have your own and you'd be wiser for it. Did it impact I/O? Of course. My point was it never hurt performance on any of the systems I used.

You want to see "foldersize for Windows" impact on your system? Look in TaskMngr and see the 3 or 4MB of RAM it was using. Or benchmark your system with and without, I'm sure you could measure a difference. Personally I'll trade a few MB/s for the convenience of a FOLDER SIZE column in Explorer.

If you're running XP give it a try; it's still available and it's free. It wasn't perfect but it has a tiny footprint and if you notice it all while it's running...well then you'll be one of the few unlucky ones.
Here's the link:

Folder Size for Windows Explorer
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