WizTree 2.0 is a new version of the popular storage analysis program for Windows that analyzes drives to display the largest folders and files on those drives.
WizTree has been designed to quickly display which files take up the most storage space on a drive. The initial version of the program, reviewed by yours truly back in 2012, was one of the quickest programs when it came to scanning a drive.
The new update, the first in almost three years, improves the program significantly but without removing any of the features or functions that made it great in first place.
Probably the biggest new feature is that WizTree 2.0 is that it is no longer limited to the NTFS file system as you can use it to scan all types of drives now. In fact, this was the only complaint that I had back in 2012 when I wrote the initial review.
Update: WizTree 3.0 has been released. Click on the link to read what is new in the new version of the program.
Support for all drive types and not just NTFS file system drives is just one of the new features of the program.
You may now also scan individual directories instead of drives. This is done by clicking on the drive selection menu at the top and selecting the "select directory" option from the menu.
While you can select directories after a drive scan as well, selecting the directory directly may improve the process as you don't have to navigate the folder structure first before its root folder is opened.
Also, the percentages match better as WizTree will display files and folders in relation to the size of all files under the directory structure and not the drive itself.
Another new feature is the ability to search for files. The feature can be mighty useful if you want to display specific files or file types after a scan.
You may use it for instance to display all png or avi files, or files under a specific path.
You need to switch to the File View tab in the program to use the file search feature. Simply enter a name, extension or combination of the two, and wait for the list to be populated.
WizTree 2.0 matches the entire path by default and limits the files to 1000 results. You may change the former so that only file names are matched, and the latter to display a different number of items including all.
The file results are sorted automatically by size, but you can click on the table header to sort by other parameters such as modification date or name.
WizTree 2.0 can be run as a regular user as it does not require administrative access anymore. The only downside to this is that the program's fast NTFS scanning option is not available in this case, but all other functionality remains available.
The last new feature of WizTree 2.0 is support for Windows Explorer integration. This is by default only available if the program is installed on a device and not when the portable version is run.
You can enable or disable it under Options in the program interface.
WizTree 2.0 is provided as a portable version and installer. The installer is clean and does not include unwanted software offers, and the only difference between it and the portable version is Windows Explorer integration.
WizTree is a well-designed program that is damn fast when it comes to the scanning of drives and displaying results. It took the program less than seven seconds to display scan results for a 256 Gigabyte Solid State Drive that was filled about 60%.
The new features improve the program further and make it usable in environments where it could not be used in at all. All in all, a great update that makes a wonderful program even better.Advertisement
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