Overview

 

DiskFerret is a disk and folder analysis tool.  It analyzes the files on a disk drive, or within a folder, or across multiple drives and folders and provides charts and detailed information to help you understand where and how disk space is being used. You can think of DiskFerret as a measuring device that gives you the visual feedback that you need to determine what is going on inside your disk drive.

 

DiskFerret will help you quickly find out where your disk space is being used.  Sure, you could figure it out using Windows Explorer, or by issuing commands from the Command Prompt, but DiskFerret will save you a lot of time.  Over the years, disk space has become fairly inexpensive, but programs and data files are expanding just as fast as the price drops on drive space.  No matter how much space is available it eventually gets used up, slows your system down, and you get cramped for space.  One way to attack the problem is the same technique you would use to try to trim your budget.  Look at the largest items 1st to determine if they can be trimmed back because they offer the best opportunity for the largest savings.  DiskFerret helps you with this task by analyzing the files on your disk drive and shows you:

 

DiskFerret’s user interface is similar to Windows Explorer.  A tree view is displayed on the left side of the screen which allows navigation to a drive, folder, or network share. 

 

Data views are displayed on the right side of the user interface, with a series of tabs for various views.  Information displayed in the data views corresponds to the selected node in the tree view.  Views are available for:

 

Data views typically offer five different views of the data; a pie chart, a bar chart, a treemap chart, a ring chart, and a detail table.

 

Selecting a node in the tree starts a “scan” of the item (drive, folder, share).  Depending on the number of files stored in the drive or folder the scan can take some time.  DiskFerret always displays progress information for processes that take more than a few seconds.  DiskFerret is also multithreaded and attempts to allow as much user interaction as possible while a scan is in progress.  For example, DiskFerret allows a scan for duplicate files, while at the same time allowing a scan for Owner information in another folder.

 

Look at the Quick Start section to get a quick look at how to operate DiskFerret.

 

There’s more.  Once you understand the basics of operating DiskFerret and analyzing disk space and file ownership, or finding duplicates or searching, you’ll find other capabilities that save you time and warn you of trouble ahead.

 

DiskFerret is fast, and based on our benchmarks it may be the fastest disk space analyzer on the market, but scanning a drive can take some time depending on a lot of different factors like the number of folders and files, speed of the computer, speed of the hard drive, whether you are scanning across a network, and other running processes.  No matter how fast we are, there will be times when waiting for a scan to complete will be tedious.  So don’t wait, schedule your scans and then when you are ready to analyze your disk space you’ll get instant results when you open the scan file.  And, if you have trouble remembering to open your scheduled scan, have DiskFerret send you an email with a link to the scan file when it’s complete.  That way, you can click on the link, take a quick look with DiskFerrret’s awesome analytics, and decide if you need to dig deeper.

 

DiskFerret is great for tracking down space hogging files, finding duplicate file, and determining where space is being wasted, but sometimes before you realize that you need to get to work with DiskFerret it’s too late.  Your drive is completely out of space and your applications are failing!  This is especially critical to system administrators for servers that are running applications used by many users.  Drive Monitors help you avoid this type of situation.  Drive monitors can be configured to continuously check the available free space on local or remote drives, and when a user defined threshold is crossed DiskFerret will send an email alerting you (or multiple individuals) to the low disk space condition.  Drive monitors can also be configured to immediately follow an alert situation with a disk scan.  When the scan is complete the drive monitor sends a second email with a link to the completed scan file.  So you get alerted when there is a potential problem, and then you get disk analytics handed to you on a silver platter with a single mouse click!