Three neat little freeware apps that get a thumbs up:TreeSize:
"Every hard disk is too small if you just wait long enough. TreeSize tells you where precious space has gone to. TreeSize can be started from the context menu of a folder or drive and shows you the size of this folder, including its subfolders. You can expand this folder in Explorer-like style and you will see the size of every subfolder. Scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize is working. The space, which is wasted by the file system can be displayed and the results can be printed in a report."
Basically, just a very handy tool to see which folders are eating space. :)BitComet:
The name gives you a hint - it's a BitTorrent client. I was previously using G3 Torrent, which admittedly looks much nicer than BitComet. The difference is that BC is UPnP-aware, meaning that I don't need to forward ports on my router. They're opened and closed dynamically, as necessary. This is a feature of Azureus too, but BC is coded in C++ as opposed to Java, and it feels snappier.Ava Find:
Saved the best for last. In short, this is a superb, superb app that I think every Windows user should install and use. I tried AppRocket about half a year ago, and I really liked how efficient it made opening and searching files, but I wanted a freeware solution. Ava Find was the answer. It makes searching for any
file on your drives instantaneous
. You just have to download it and try it to see how nice it is.
NOTE: This one isn't exactly freeware since some features get disabled after 30 days, but the essential functionality continues to remain after it expires.
UPDATE: Forgot to mention - use the keyboard shortcuts in Ava Find. Much more convenient. Shift+Esc to bring it up, Esc to hide it again. :)