Quick Start


DiskFerret was designed from the ground up to be a straightforward easy to use application.  Within a few minutes of starting the application you will be able to start analyzing your disk and determining where and how space is being used.  This quick start section provides a few key concepts to help you get started.  After reviewing this section and trying out the basics you can refer to other help sections if you have questions, or to learn about other powerful features of DiskFerret.


User Interface 

The DiskFerret application has a typical application user interface with a menu and tool bar.  On the left side of the screen is a “tree” view of your desktop similar to the tree view in Windows Explorer.  The right side of the screen consists of a set of tabbed data views, each with their own toolbar.  The bottom of the screen displays a status bar, and progress bars when a process is executing.




To get started, scan a disk or folder.  Scanning is simply the result of selecting an item in the tree view and then clicking the Start button in the data view.  Expand the My Computer node of the tree by clicking on the expand/collapse icon.



Continue to expand nodes until you find the disk or folder that you want to scan, and click the name of the disk or folder.  By default, DiskFerret displays the Start button in the data view whenever a folder is selected and has not already been scanned, however it can be configured to start automatically by simply selecting an item in the tree.


Depending on the item selected the scan may take a few seconds or a few minutes.  Scan times are highly dependent on the amount of data in the folder, the speed of your disk drive, the speed of your network, etc.  When a scan takes more than a few seconds an animated pie chart is displayed in the data view area, and the progress bar shows the relative progress of the scan.  The status bar at the bottom of the screen displays details about the current folder and file being scanned.


Charts and Tables

When the scan completes the data view is updated to display the selected view, which can be a pie chart, bar chart, treemap chart, ring chart, or a table.  Notice the finger pointer and tool tip in the image below.  When you move your mouse over a section of any chart a tool tip is displayed with information about the object under the mouse, and the finger pointer indicates that a single click will “drill-down” into to that folder and display its information. 

 Pie Chart


Notice that in the previous image the mouse was positioned over the “Program Files” folder and a single click immediately updated the view to the image shown below.


To look at other views, click one of the view buttons on the data view tool bar.

 Bar Chart


 Treemap Chart


 Ring Chart




When files that can be deleted are selected in the table view, the delete icon on the data view toolbar is enabled.  Clicking the delete icon will delete the select file(s).  When files that can be zipped are selected in the table view, the "Add to Zip" icon  and the "Move to Zip" icon  on the data view toolbar are enabled.  Clicking the "Add to Zip" icon will leave the files in their current location and add them to the zip file that you specify.  Clicking the "Move to Zip" icon will add the files to the zip file that you specify and delete the files from their current location. 


Delete and zip operations are also available via a popup menu that can be accessed with a right mouse click when items are selected in the table view.


Data Views

Various views can be displayed by selecting a data view tab.

Views are available for:


Determining duplicate files and file ownership can take longer to process therefore DiskFerret does not perform duplicate or owner processing on a simple scan.  If you want to find duplicate files, or analyze file ownership, click the start button on the respective data view toolbar after a simple scan has been performed.  (The start button will only be enabled after a simple scan is performed.)



Filters provide an excellent method of analyzing the disk when you are interested in only certain files.  DiskFerret provides several high quality filters for analyzing various categories of file types such video, audio, data, pictures and temporary files.  Filters are selected via a drop down list on the application tool bar.  When you select a filter, the data views are updated to reflect only the files that match the filter.  When you want filters turned off, select the <none> item in the Filter combo box. 


Cleanup Wizard

The cleanup wizard is an easy to use interface that guides you step by step through a series of choices to free up disk space and remove unwanted information from your system.  In addition to removing files that are not needed and not used by any applications on your system the clean up wizard allows you to clean up your Internet Explorer cache, cookies, history and also your desktop run and document histories. This also includes removing the index.dat files.  Index.dat files redundantly store all of the visited web addresses and cookies and are not cleared even after the user clears the temporary cache folder manually or via Internet Explorer’s Tools.  And these files cannot be easily erased even if you know where to find them because they are always opened (i.e., locked) when Windows is running.  With a few quick steps the Cleanup Wizard cleans up your hard drive and protects your privacy.


The items outlined above cover some of the essential concepts and operations of DiskFerret, but many more options and power lie just beneath the surface.  Go ahead and get started with DiskFerret and experiment, or dig deeper into the help system to learn more details about what DiskFerret offers.  If you get stuck and can’t find an answer in the help system, send us an email at support@diskferret.com.