FilePro Helps You Analyze A Drive's Space Distribution

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 23, 2012
Updated • Feb 24, 2012
Software, Windows

Most computer users every now and then come into a situation where their hard drives start to run out of space. Sometimes it is easy to find out why. If you installed a big game for instance the other day you can be sure that it is now occupying lots of space on the computer's hard drive. Sometimes though it may not be that obvious, and that's where programs like FilePro come into play. It may for instance be the case that each save game requires Megabytes on the disk, and that the game's auto save option has stored hundreds of save games on the computer.

These programs analyze the storage space distribution on hard drive partitions or folders to display the files and folders that occupy the most space on the PC.

The c: drive is selected by default when you start FilePro for the first time. You can change that to another hard drive partition or folder on the computer before you hit the Scan button to start the space distribution analysis.

The information are added to the program window in realtime as all folders and files of the computer are processed. The initial display is a tree structure map that displays folders based on their size in the program window. This way you can easily identify system folders like the Windows directory to concentrate on other folders of the system.

A left-click selects a folder, a double-click zooms in on that folder to display all the files and folders that are stored inside of it. Folder and file names become visible eventually which may be all that is needed to identify data that you can delete on the system to free up space. It is alternatively possible to zoom in our out with the mouse wheel.

A right-click on a file or folder opens a context menu with additional options. Here it is for instance possible to open the folder in Windows Explorer or the file in the default program viewer, delete or move a file or folder, or open a command prompt window from the selected location.

FilePro has three additional modes that you can make use of. TreeSize displays all folders sorted by size from largest to smallest in a tree sized view in the program window. Here it is only possible to open the containing folder or a command prompt window.

The Folder Statistics mode displays root folders and the space their files occupy in the selected location. The visibility threshold can be modified to display a deeper structure.

File Statistics finally displays the largest files on the system, with options to filter the results by filename, directory, size or date.

System snapshots can be saved, and compared at a later point in time. It is further possible to compare directories, and to use FilePro to locate duplicate files on the system.

Command line options are available to create snapshots without starting the graphical user interface.

FilePro is a free for personal use. The program supports Windows 7, and maybe previous versions of the operating system as well.


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  1. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Does it come back after every “moment” update?

  2. Baloney said on March 9, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Yeah right.. Like this is going to stop defender from running =) This is comedy gold right here.

  3. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    no ‘about the author’ paragraph?

  4. Gregory said on March 9, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    For permanent disable defender is if removed complete from system no just change permission folder.

    Just this is joke.

  5. moi said on March 9, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    simpler, load Autoruns (SysInternals)
    – filter “Defender”
    – untag all entries
    – reboot
    nothing has changed since my 1st modification years ago

  6. John G. said on March 9, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    I wouldn’t disable Defender imho, it has too many hidden roots inside Windows itself. One time I tried to uninstall it using brute force scripts and then the Onedrive feature stopped working definitely. A reinstallation was needed and since those times I prefer to maintain Defender untouched. It’s a better method to install another antivirus and it will disable Defender in a safer and easier mode (e.g., Avast is the best in this way, and also Panda Cloud Free is good too).

    1. Tweakmaster said on September 29, 2023 at 9:57 am

      U are just * [Editor: removed] thats the problem ;p first of all u shall always debloat windows u shall have max 65 services with your drivers for pc and windows own servs. You didnt know what that script did

  7. boris said on March 10, 2023 at 12:19 am

    You can not stop defender from running in background or remove it without some penalty. All you can do is to limit telemetry.

    1. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:52 pm


      It’s probably Smartscreen which is preventing WD from being disabled. Get rid of that and the problem should be solved:

  8. hoho said on March 10, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Remove Windows and go for Linux.

    1. basingstoke said on March 10, 2023 at 2:51 pm

      Linux sucks dude. Besides it’s not comparable to Windows, these OSes are in different classes entirely.

      1. Derp said on March 10, 2023 at 4:36 pm

        I use Linux as my daily driver. It’s far more stable than Windows. When’s the last time you used Linux, 2010?

      2. Bromosexual said on March 11, 2023 at 2:04 am


        You’re right, dude. Bro, linux is just a bunch of code that starts before the OS, dude. Brobrodude, that shit ain’t even got emojis, dudebrodudeman! Dudebro, it’s no way near as cool as Windows with its hardcoded abilities to make money off the user, bro. Yo brodude man, you’re the coolest dude ever man, bro. Dude.

      3. basingstoke said on August 16, 2023 at 7:20 pm

        Lol what? Windows 7 doesn’t come with any Emojis

  9. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Download Autoruns and remove the checkmark from Windows Defender. It doesn’t remove it, but it will never run.

  10. Simon said on March 10, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    Just use “Defender Control”:

    Per this video,
    it also works on Windows 11 too…

  11. Someone said on March 10, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    Win Defender, is completly the most succesful free-built in antivirus of Microsoft. Really nice product. Saved my ass a lot of times. Has updated malware database, completly strong defence
    from whatever smart screen disables. Or if you want better and more upgrated (paid) program,
    you can go further. But defender is always on your side.

  12. CalixtoWVR1 said on March 10, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    Why would one disable Windows (or Microsoft) Defender in the first place?. I consider this to be playing with fire big time. Everybody knows that if one is using another A-V, Defender will be disabled on its own and won’t be in one’s way.

  13. Ed D said on March 10, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    Why would I want to disable Windows Defender in the first place? It’s a great anti virus in my opinion. Been using it since Windows 8 and and never had a problem or a virus. Why mess with a good thing, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  14. owl said on August 17, 2023 at 1:57 am

    How a ridiculous article!
    I am thoroughly stunned.

    Why Should You Disable First-Party Windows Defender?
    I can only think that it is “malice or perversely intention (want you to buy a third-party AV where you can expect a back margin)” to guide invalidation without showing the premise.
    No sane company will use third-party closed source programs (such as AV).

    As I thought, “Ghacks Technology News” seems to be coming to downfall.

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