Spacemonger - pinpoint what’s taking up the space on your hard drives

The best thing about Spacemonger (, $24.95) isn’t that its intuitive display of how space is used on a hard drive allows you to pinpoint what’s taking up the space on your hard drives in a matter of seconds. The screen area shows a colour-coded and hierarchical treemap where the size of the box for each directory or file is in proportion to the space it takes on the drive. Hover the mouse over any element to see a popup with more detail, and scroll the mouse wheel to zoom down to level of individual files.

Nor is it the statistics view. This shows a summary of the file types and sizes of file in any drive or directory, enabling you to easily find and manipulate all instances of a type of file. This is ideal for finding, for example, all log files on a drive, no matter which directory they are in. And it shows you if a user is complaining they’ve run out of disk space because they’ve got all their digital photos and MP3 files on there.

It’s not even that you can manipulate the files and directories you’ve identified – in either view, you can move, copy and delete items to sort out that disk that’s 95% full.

No, the best thing about Spacemonger is that as well as installing it as normal you can also install it as a single executable plus support directories in a directory on a USB key. This makes it absolutely perfect as part of your travelling troubleshooter’s toolkit.

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