Computer Storage Management

 

NOTE: For image management, see our Image Management, Search, & Use Best Practices Page.

Disk Space Analyzers
  • Both Disk Inventory X and WinDirStat show the sizes of files and folders on your drive in a graphical tree map and in a list
  • For both programs, DO NOT delete any files in Windows Directory or Program Files Directory
  • Recommended that you delete files only in your Users Directory
Windows

WinDirStat - This is a program that may be used to analyze and manage hard drive disk space on Windows. This programs shows which folders, file types, and files are taking up the most space (e.g. ZIP, EXE, JPEG, etc.). Make sure you do not delete any important system files.

macOS

Disk Inventory X - This is a program that may be used to analyze and manage hard drive disk space on MacOS . This programs shows which folders, file types, and files are taking up the most space (e.g. MP3, ZIP, JPEG, etc.). Delete files by selecting the file and then click “Move To Trash”. Make sure you do not delete any important system files.

  • If error message “‘Disk Inventory X’ can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”  is received, follow these instructions.

 

 

Determine Disk Use with Analyzers:
Windows
  • WinDirStat may be used to scan your entire system and shows which folders, file types, and files are using up the most space.
    1. Run WinDirStat
    2. If already downloaded, search for the application in your Start Menu
    3. Select the Drive you would like to analyze
    4. Click OK - the analyzing process will commence
    5. Below is what the results will look like, each color corresponds to a file or folder, and the size is equivalent to the percentage it takes up on your disk. You can see the file/folder name in the bottom of the window when you scroll over the section. 
    6. Right-Click a file/folder on the list or in the graphical tree to either “Move to Recycle Bin” or “Reveal in Folder”. The latter will allow you to select specific files in a folder to delete.
macOS
  • Disk Inventory X will provide a list of files taking up the most space. Delete files that you no longer need that are clogging up your disk.
    1. Run Disk Inventory X as an administrator
      • If Disk Inventory X installed previously, click Command + Space and type “Disk Inventory X” then Enter
    2. Select which Drive you’d like to analyze
    3. Click “Open Volume” - the program will start analyzing the Drive
    4. Below is an example of what your results will look like