13

I'm after a list of the largest files on a windows box, i.e. Not just in one folder, but anywhere on the disk. Is there any easy way of getting this?

9 Answers 9

3

Do a windows search on you windows drive with "*" joker that mean all file, and specify a minimum size let's say of 40mb, than you'll have every file on you system drive that are larger than 40mb.

Hope this help.

21

Check out this app: WinDirStat

This will show you graphically as well as a hierarchy/tree map. This software is free and open source (GPL) and works really well.

4
  • +10! windirstat is awesome
    – hasen
    May 13, 2009 at 13:18
  • I have always used Sequoia View, but just installed WinDirStat to take a look at it. Very nice. I think Sequoia View lays out the Tree Map a little better and is more responsive. I do like WinDirStat's ability to select a file type and see it highlighted across the entire drive. May 13, 2009 at 14:50
  • @Keith Sirmons - Do you know if Sequoia is a branch of WinDirStat? They look very similar and since WinDirStat is open source this is very possible.
    – Andy May
    May 13, 2009 at 15:21
  • Sequoia View's V1.1 original publish date is 11/9/2000. It was about 5 years ahead of WinDirStat's V1.1.2 release on 7/16/2005. May 13, 2009 at 15:40
13

Install PowerShell. Then run this:

dir c:\ -recurse -erroraction silentlycontinue | sort length -descending | select -first 20

That'll give you back the top 20 largest files on C:.

3
  • 1
    incredibly useful
    – Malky.Kid
    Jul 27, 2017 at 1:54
  • This eats up all the memory and throws an OutOfMemoryException.
    – pkr
    Sep 10, 2018 at 14:40
  • Great out-of-the-box solution, thanks for posting.
    – fusion27
    Jul 11, 2019 at 14:03
3

If you are doing this regularly, you might look at tools like TreeSize Pro or SizeExplorer (although the latter seems to nob be as recent).

2
  • @Marc-AndreR., Do you mean TreeSize or do you mean SizeExplorer?
    – Pacerier
    Mar 17, 2015 at 19:59
  • @Pacerier : TreeSize is definitely more recent and maintain than SizeExplorer or WinDirStat. That said, both does the job but I do have a preference for TreeSize. Hope this help. Mar 18, 2015 at 10:52
2

Install Sequoia View

It will visually show you your large files and large directories. It makes finding where all your space disappeared very easy.

Free and < 1 Mb in size.

enter image description here

1

PowerShell (extending answer 7768) across multiple drives:

 "c","e","f" | dir -path {"$($_):\"} -rec -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | sort -desc Length | select -first 20 | ft FullName
3
  • Are you certain that this currently works?
    – Nae
    Sep 17, 2018 at 7:29
  • 1
    @Nae Over nine years ago: I can't recall. But the new version definitely does
    – Richard
    Sep 17, 2018 at 9:15
  • Yes it does seem to be working now. Thanks for the update!
    – Nae
    Sep 17, 2018 at 9:29
1

A very simple way to do this is to type the following into the search box in Windows Explorer:

* size:gigantic or if you are after slightly smaller files go for * size:huge.

0

My favorite is Disk Scanner by Steffen Gerlach:

http://www.steffengerlach.de/freeware/

Standalone freeware, 157K. Takes a little time to build the report, but the circular graphic is very intuitive and informative.

0

Yes and it is free: Folder Size
There is a small tutorial here: How to List Largest Files & Largest Folders

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.