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    Have you ever received a "low disk space" message while using your computer and puzzled over what is taking up so much space on your hard drive? Several programs are available that can analyze the contents of your hard drive and give you a visual representation of space usage.
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    Vol. 81, No. 4, April 2008

    Legal News & Trends

    Manage and reclaim your computer's hard drive space

    Have you ever received a "low disk space" message while using your computer and puzzled over what is taking up so much space on your hard drive? Several programs are available that can analyze the contents of your hard drive and give you a visual representation of space usage.

    For other practice management tips, visit www.wisbar.org/practice411 and select Practice411's Advice Alert in the left navigation column.

    WinDirStat is a free program for Windows computers that displays the percentage of hard drive space used by files and breaks them down by folders, directories, and file types. It also displays a visual representation of your hard drive space with rectangles representing the different files on your hard drive.  The larger the file, the larger the rectangle, and the color of the rectangles corresponds to file types. 

    The various displays make it easy to pick out and examine large files or groups of files that may be small but take up a lot of hard drive space. 

    The hard drive analysis features offered by programs such as WinDirStat come in handy when you are deciding what files to leave on your computer and what files can be backed up and deleted.

    Source: ABA Site-tation, from the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, found on WisBar's Practice411 Advice Alert.




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