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PCNet File Catch

There's no question that disk storage has gotten cheaper. In 1982 I paid a whopping $550 for a 160Kb floppy disk drive (and that didn't include a floppy disk!). I don't even want to do the math on the cost per gigabyte.

Even so there's still a financial and physical limit on how much storage you can add and given the number of users and the size of files these days managing disk space is more critical than it's ever been from the home user to LAN and enterprise administrators.

There's nothing worse than putting more storage online and coming in Monday morning to find it's all been used....which is exactly the reason that Disk Triage was written; giving you the tools to find out where space is being used and allowing you to easily manage that space.

Disk Triage isn't a toy; it's loaded with all kinds of features and it'll take you more than a couple of minutes of using it to appreciate all the tools it brings to the task. Disk Triage comes in three versions; personal, professional and enterprise but the trail version is neat in that it allows you to run all three versions from the same download. I encourage you to download the single executable and try all three versions but there's a table of the differences between the three version available here.

Out of the gate Disk Triage first wants to scan drive(s) to see what's there. You can easily include/exclude specific files type (want to see how many MP3 files are on the server?) and directories.

The scan is amazing fast and sets you up to use the output feature. Output is available in a number of forms from overall graphs down to detailed lists that you can output to hardcopy, Excel or even in HTML.

Above I've selected the last access date option and will output the info as an Excel spreadsheet. Analysis is available using a bunch of different options; file size, attribute, date, time, owner, file type, extension, largest, oldest and even size of file name.

Detail is available for all files that match the search criteria and it gives you all the info you'd get in Windows Explorer plus file compressed size and creation/last access dates.

Speaking of Windows Explorer Disk Triage is tightly integrated with Explorer. After Disk Triage is installed you need only right click a folder in Explorer and select the option "Analyze directory with Disk Triage" and bang, Disk Triage opens and you're ready to go. Plus you can use the Explorer popup menu in both the Disk Triage Tree View and File List so you can manage files or directories directly from Disk Triage.

I should mention a feature available in the Enterprise version; you can save sizing info to a database and use Disk Triage to compare/show disk space growth over time.

Pricing runs $29.95 for the personal version, $99.95 for the professional version and $199.95 for the enterprise version. The trial version is fully functional and will allow you to check out all the features.

And I do recommend you check out all the features; there are far more than I've covered here and Disk Triage is one of those programs you'll want to spend some time with to discover all the features that apply to your particular needs.

Without question I've added Disk Triage to my indispensable utilities tools. If you want to get a handle on how your disk space is being used I think you will as well.

Go to the Disk Triage download page.



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