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disk space analyzer

Are you curious about what is taking up disk space in Windows 10? In this post, I want to share 2 excellent disk space analyzers that assist in hard drive space analyzer with you.

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Disk space analyzer is very useful in daily life especially when there is a need to figure out what's taking up space on Windows 10. For instance, when a hard drive keeps filling up, you may need to find out the useless files to delete and large files to transfer before disk cleanup.

And, sometimes when you are trying to convert an NTFS partition to FAT32 but fails, you need to figure out which file is too large for the destination file system. In this case, disk space analyzer is always helpful.

With this in mind, I would like to share 2 useful disk space analyzers that work efficiently and show you how to check storage on Windows 10.

How to Check Hard Drive Usage in Windows 10 Quickly

#1. Use Windows 10 Storage

As the smartest operating system so far, Windows 10 makes computer management much easier than ever. It includes Storage settings to make it easy for users to see how disk space is being used and then take measures.

To access Windows 10 Storage Sense, perform the followings:

Step 1. Right-click Windows 10 Start menu and choose Settings.

Step 2. Now select System in the pop-up window.

Step 3. Navigate to Storage where you are able to view the used space and free space of each drive.

Windows 10 Local Storage

Step 4. To see what's taking up space on Windows 10, double-click the drive you wish to see its details, and then Windows 10 will show you the types of files saved in this drive.

check out what is taking up storage space in a drive

And if you want to go one step further, click each type to see what is filling up the storage space. Windows 10 will lead you to File Explorer where you can take some action like deletion.

go ahead to manage files

Storage also enables users to change the location of new content. When a hard drive is full, go to Storage, navigate to More storage settings and then Change where new content is saved. By the way, you can turn on Storage Sense to let Windows get rid of files you don’t need automatically to keep hard drive clean.

manage disk space using Storage settings

See also: 9 Ways to Clean up Disk Space in Windows 10, #1 Is Excellent

Although Windows 10 Storage is a good disk space analyzer to some extent, there is indeed another better choice for you, that is to make use of a professional disk partition manager. I will show you.

#2. Use MiniTool Partition Wizard Space Analyzer

Another option is to use the Space Analyzer feature of MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition, which is totally more ease-of-use.

Simply put, this Space Analyze feature is designed to help users analyze what's taking up space on Windows 10/8/7. Different from Windows 10 Storage, it offers a more integrated interface and comes with multiple options for users to choose.

Then how to check storage on Windows 10 using MiniTool Partition Wizard?

Before we go, download the MiniTool Partition Wizard by hitting this button and install it on the computer.

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Step 1. Run MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to get its main interface. Then from the toolbar, choose Space Analyzer.

choose Space Analyzer from the toolbar

Step 2. In the pop-up new window, you will see the C drive is selected by default, along with its total space, used space and unused space following. Now select a drive (or folder) to scan and wait for a while until MiniTool Partition Wizard completes.

select a drive to scan files in it

Step 3. When finished, MiniTool Partition Wizard will show the tree view by default. As you can see from the image below, Space Analyzer represents file size in more intuitive GB/MB/KB/B instead of showing all in KB as File Explorer does.

Now scroll down to view each file size and determine if you want to delete that file.

Tip: You can also navigate to File View and Folder View to directly find out the largest files/folders saved in the drive instead of going through each parent folder.

browse files in it and manage

That’s all for this disk space analyzer? Absolutely NOT!

See on the right panel, all types of files on the selected drive/folder are sorted and listed. By simply double-clicking on some kind of extension, you are led to File View where all such files are displayed. Of course, if you have a good memory, you can type the keywords for a file and search for it manually.

“Space Analyzer of Partition Wizard really helps identify hard drive usage. Thumbs up! If you have no idea on how to check computer storage, just give it a try.”Click to tweet

How Much Free Space to Leave on HDD/SSD

By using the 2 hard drive space analyzer above, you know how to check hard drive space on Windows 10 and then take alone the large file to delete or transfer them to another location so as to keep disk utilization within a reasonable range.

At this time, you may wonder: “How much disk space should I leave on a hard drive so as to reach a reasonable condition?”

Before cutting to the point, you need to know why free space is necessary.

If your hard drive keeps filling up, you won’t be able to save new files or allow any Windows Updates to keep computer better protected. Programs often need some free space to create cache files. If there is not enough free space left, they may crash or experience other errors.

Generally speaking, once a hard drive is almost 80% full, you should consider them full and immediately delete some files or move some files to another hard drive. After all, enough free space will ensure your computer can function and has excellent performance.

But sometimes you may just want to keep all the files on the hard disk drive. No deletion and No transferring. In this case, upgrading to a larger HDD/SSD is worth considering.

So, what is the best way to upgrade hard drive? Keep reading.

Upgrade to Larger Hard Drive after Disk Space Analyzer

To do this, you just need to stick on using MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition because it offers the best way for you to upgrade hard drive (including the system disk) to SSD or a larger hard drive. After downloading and installing, run it to get the main interface.

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Now you need to follow the simple tutorial:

Step 1. Connect the larger hard drive to your PC and make sure it is successfully recognized by MiniTool Partition Wizard. Select Copy Disk Wizard from the left pane and then skip the welcome page.

choose Copy Disk Wizard

Step 2. Now you need to choose a hard drive to copy, namely the source disk. Here you may select one which was just analyzed by hard drive space analyzer and then press Next to continue.

select disk to copy

Step 3. Now choose the larger hard drive as the target disk to which all files saved on the source disk will be copied. Click Next to move on.

select the target disk to save original files

Step 4. Right now, it is time to customize how you would like to perform the copy. See there are 4 options offered, choose the one you prefer and click Next to go on.

  • Fit partitions to entire disk: expand all partition sizes in accordance with proportion.
  • Copy partitions without resize: keep all partition sizes as they are on the source disk.
  • Align partitions to 1MB: similar with 4K alignment (1MB is an integral multiple of 4K), enhance the performance of SSD and advanced format disk.
  • Use GUID Partition Table for the target disk (*paid feature in Pro Edition): turn the target disk to GPT disk, recommended option if that drive is larger than 2TB.
Tip: For the first 2 options, no matter which one you choose, you are able to resize each partition further.

determine how you would like to make the copy

Step 5. As you can see from the following picture, you will be told how to boot from the target disk. If you are copying the system disk, juts keep it in mind and press Finish.

remember to change the boot sequence in BIOS setting

Step 6. Finally, you are back to the main interface again where you should preview what is going to happen on the target disk. You can also preview the pending operating listed in the left pane. Hit Apply if everything goes as your expectations to execute disk copy.

click Apply to confirm you want this disk copy

What to Do Next? If you are copying the system disk or some programs are running on the disk, MiniTool Partition Wizard will require a reboot. Please allow its changes and wait patiently until it finishes the copy.

In the end, you need to change the boot sequence of the hard drive in BIOS setting and let the computer boot from the larger hard drive. But if the disk you are copying is a non-system disk, skip this operation.

“MiniTool Partition Wizard Free really helps in hard drive upgrading. Easy to operate and works efficiently.”Click to tweet

See! With MiniTool Partition Wizard, you not only learn how to check disk space but also get the best skill to clone hard drive. Why just download and have a try?

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Sum up

Reading here, I guess you already know how to figure out what's taking up space on Windows 10/8/7 as well as get the best way to upgrade hard drive if you want no deletion. With MiniTool Partition Wizard Free, both are too easy. 

Now it is your turn to try them out. Just tell me how do you feel by following this guide focusing on how to see what's taking up space on Windows 10. For any questions while using MiniTool software, don’t hesitate to contact us via [email protected].

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