Note: This review covers v1.0.4 of the
“Where did all my space go?” This question has been asked by
every computer user since the days of the 5.25″ floppy (probably
since the days of the ENIAC), and SpaceSniffer is a fast, easy, way
to answer it. While SpaceSniffer in itself does nothing to reclaim
space, it does provide you with a very good overview of what’s
occupying the nether reaches of your hard disk.
SpaceSniffer performs a quick scan of files and shows you your
data in a series of nested boxes, each box being a folder or file.
The size relationship is displayed graphically, so it’s easy to see
that your “Games” folder looms over your “Work” folder like
Godzilla looms over Tokyo. You can zoom in on any folder to see its
deeper composition. I found this an excellent tool to quickly find
large chunks of data I didn’t need, often in folders buried deeply
enough that I do not stumble upon them casually. For example, I was
in an alpha test for an MMORPG, now defunct, which took up some 4
gig of space I had completely forgotten about.
SpaceSniffer is a good, free, disk usage visualization tool. It
can be very helpful for system administrators to get a quick
overview of the contents of network drives and pinpoint unusual
file or space allocations. Displaying data visually is more
intuitive than simply looking at long lists of numbers–especially
when simply seeing that a folder occupies five gigabytes does not
inform you that, for example, four of those gigabytes are dedicated
to a cancelled project. Given the non-existent cost (donations are
requested) and the ease of use, I recommend this download.
Note: This program is donationware. It is free
to try, but the author accepts and encourages donations towards