Once our hard drives start filling up, it can be hard to keep track of which folders are getting huge when trying to clear up some space. Here are a few alternatives to the macOS application DaisyDisk.
As many of us, I've given up on Apple and my hopes that they would finally come around and offer us affordable yet professional computers again. The release of the "trash can" Mac Pro sealed the deal for me, and I built myself a PC powerhouse instead of buying an Apple computer again.
I still own three Mac computers and use the application DaisyDisk daily, to keep my drives clean and free some space every now and again. But guess what? DaisyDisk is not available on Windows 10, nor is it easy to find any good alternatives.
Applications for finding large folders and files
By keeping your files organized and structured, you may avoid having to buy new harddrives as often as you originally might have thought, which saves you a lot of money in the long run.
So here are the best alternatives I've found — both paid and free — if you want to quickly be able to find the large folders and files that are taking up too much space on your hard drives.
Luckily for us, there is a completely free alternative of TreeSize that is free to use.
- Price: 19,95 EUR (with Free version available)
Get TreeSize at https://www.jam-software.com/freeware/
2. Disk Space Fan
Disk Space Fan visualizes your files in pretty much the same way as the "original" (or baseline, for this article at least) application DaisyDisk.
Disk Space Fan is available for purchase at the price of 14,95 USD — or you could try out the free version, where you cannot delete files directly in the interface, but still find them. Also, you cannot find duplicate files on your harddrives in the Free version.
- Price: 14,95 USD (with Free version available)
Get Disk Space Fan at http://www.diskspacefan.com/
While our third example, WinDirStat, is not pleasant to look at, it's still a a tool that gets the job done. Here, files and folders are visualized as rectangles of different colors and sizes, representing the type of file and it's actual size on your hard drive.
- Price: WinDirStat is completely free.
Get WinDirStat at https://windirstat.net/
Out of the above, my favourite free application for quickly finding the files and folders that take up too much space is the TreeSize application, which is a free application for the Windows platform. If you want to go a little bit deeper there's a more advanced version available to purchase.
I sincerely hope this list of alternatives has helped you in finding an application that suits for your needs. Feel free to comment or reach out if you have any questions or comments.