FolderStats™ Disk and Folder Usage Analysis Freeware

FolderStats is a freeware tool that helps IT administrators and users find which areas on disk use the most disk space. In addition, you can see which folders are "stale" and which are actively being written to. The tool may be used to create daily reports in text format, listing each folder's total byte count, file/folder count, and latest file date stamp encountered.

FolderStats Usage Scenarios

  • You want to find the largest folders on your file server
  • You want to figure out how disk usage increases over time and which folders are affected
  • You want to find folders that should be moved elsewhere due to their size
  • You want to find folders that are stale and don't change much over time
  • You want to set up a backup strategy and need to know how your file server's data changes over time
  • Information from FolderStats may be used to determine how often a backup is necessary
  • Information from FolderStats may be used to determine which folders to back up daily and which ones less often
  • Information from FolderStats may be used to determine how big of a backup media you need to purchase
  • Information from FolderStats may be used to determine which users on your file server generate the most data.
  • Explore and visualize local and network storage
  • Uncover trends in folder and drive usage
  • Reclaim disk space by eliminating files you don't need
  • Use this tool to plan for future storage capacity
  • Find data that can be moved off to offline storage
  • Monitor disk space on local and network drives
  • Find very long path names in the server's folder structure
  • Find recently created files even if you forgot their name

Features

  • Creates on screen output or you can redirect output to a text file (FolderStats runs in the Command Prompt only)
  • Reduce clutter by setting a high filter. For example, the tool can be configured to list only folders above a certain size, such as 5 GB.
  • FolderStats lists file / folder count inside of each folder
  • FolderStats reports total byte count of each folder
  • BackupChain Users Only: Command line interface allows tool to be used from within BackupChain (Option tab->External Utilities), via the Windows Task Scheduler, or through other scripts. Note: tool requires user intervention (hit enter) on systems without a valid BackupChain license.
  • Tab separated format allows copy and paste or import into Microsoft Excel
  • BackupChain Users Only: you can specify a date filter to include only files added/altered in the last N days, see command syntax
  • Works on all versions of Microsoft Windows, including Windows Server
  • Unicode capable and handles path names of over 32,0000 characters in any language

Command Syntax

FolderStats.exe [process reparse points (yes/no)] [size] [include last N days (0 = all)] [folder]

Example from a sample script, showing folders over 30GB. Four reports are generated: total, data since yesterday, last week, and last month:
folderstats yes 30GB 0 d:\mydata >c:\tools\data_report_complete.txt
folderstats yes 30GB 1 d:\mydata >c:\tools\data_report_yesterday.txt
folderstats yes 30GB 7 d:\mydata >c:\tools\data_report_last_week.txt
folderstats yes 30GB 30 d:\mydata >c:\tools\data_report_last_month.txt

Screen Output

FolderStats v1.0 -- Copyright 2016 FastNeuron Inc. All Rights Reserved.


FolderStats is freeware and may be used for commercial purposes as long as it is not part of a software bundle (requires license)
This program counts total bytes inside a folder and produces a report. Only folders of a certain size are listed.

Usage: FolderStats.exe [process reparse points (yes/no)] [size] [include last N days (0 = all)] [folder]
Example: FolderStats.exe yes 3GB 0 "C:\Windows"
Or: FolderStats.exe no 2MB 12 "C:\Windows" >c:\temp\folderreports.txt
The above example command counts files of the last 12 days and reports folders larger than 2MB. The output is redirected to a text file.
Size may be entered in bytes, KB, MB, GB, and TB, but not in fractions. For example: 239, 1025MB, 2TB
The report lists folder name, total size, total number of files and folders counted, and the most recent write time stamp encountered

FolderStats is part of the BackupChain toolset; Backup Software made for I.T. Professionals
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Sample Output

When you run:

FolderStats yes 1GB 0 E:\windows

FolderStats v1.0 -- Copyright 2015 FastNeuron Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Generating stats for: 1GB

Report includes folders equal or greater than 1.000 GB

E:\windows\assembly	2.798 GB	21676	1/19/2015 3:21:06 PM

E:\windows\Installer\$PatchCache$	4.711 GB	6457	2/24/2015 4:52:06 PM

E:\windows\Installer	10.675 GB	7518	2/24/2015 4:52:06 PM

E:\windows\Microsoft.NET	1.552 GB	12755	1/19/2015 3:21:52 PM

E:\windows\SoftwareDistribution	1.085 GB	9630	2/25/2015 9:43:52 AM

E:\windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository	2.024 GB	7656	2/24/2015 4:37:45 PM

E:\windows\System32\DriverStore	2.031 GB	8701	2/24/2015 4:37:46 PM

E:\windows\System32	5.086 GB	26073	2/25/2015 12:07:15 PM

E:\windows\SysWOW64	1.419 GB	9845	2/24/2015 4:25:08 PM

E:\windows\winsxs	12.443 GB	171731	2/24/2015 4:52:54 PM

E:\windows	38.318 GB	274534	2/25/2015 12:07:18 PM



Total stats:

E:\windows	38.318 GB	274534	2/25/2015 12:07:18 PM



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In the example above,

E:\windows	38.318 GB	274534	2/25/2015 12:07:18 PM
the folder E:\Windows contains over 38GB, 274,534 files, and the latest file was dated 2/25/2015 12:07:18 PM.
Note that we used 'number of days = 0' which turned off the time filter. To find out how much data was added to E:\windows since yesterday you would issue to the command:
FolderStats yes 1GB 1 E:\windows
The results for our example are now different:
FolderStats v1.0 -- Copyright 2015 FastNeuron Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Generating stats for: 1GB
Report includes folders equal or greater than 1.000 GB
FolderStats will count files written on or after: 2/24/2015 1:20:38 PM

E:\windows      1.565 GB        274534  2/25/2015 1:20:13 PM

Total stats:
E:\windows      1.565 GB        274534  2/25/2015 1:20:13 PM

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