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Windows 7: hard drive data size different

18 Nov 2013   #11
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Well, glad it helped somebody!

@Lady F: Yes, colorblindness would be a real problem with WinDirStat. It is VERY graphical and everything color coded. I can't imagine what it looks like to you. Alligator skin?
Just a bunch of colored boxes that make no sense to me and quickly turn into a blur. Color blindness doesn't mean I see things in black and white only. I see colors but not the way others do. Many colors look identical to me. Red, green and blue are the ones that give me the most grief.


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19 Nov 2013   #12
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

It could be a simple case of reading too much into it. While I am sure there is a LOT more that one could do with WinDirStat, that is not what I use this tool for. All I am looking for is files that are taking up a lot of space. And for that it works great because you can see instantly that there is one BIG box amongst all the thousands of little tiny boxes. You click on that box and in the lower pane it tells you what it is. Then you can decide if you want to delete, move, or investigate the file and/or program further.

For instance one BIG box on everyone's hard drive is the Page File. We would not want to delete that (but we could move it). Mine is set to 1GB, so now I have a graphical representation of what 1GB looks like in size compared to everything else. If I am looking for wasted space I can focus on boxes that are 25%, 50%, or larger than that known 1GB.
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