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Windows 10: How to find large files


Markus Kazanmascheff

Even the largest hard drive will eventually be full and then only deletion will help. But how do you find the biggest memory hogs in the system. In our instructions we will show you how to use Windows to search for large files.

  1. Find large files with on-board tools
  2. Find large files with WinDirStat

Hard drives are cheap these days and big enough for most users. Nevertheless, even the largest data carriers will eventually reach their limits. And with the fast and usually much smaller SSDs, this is the case much faster.

With on-board resources or with certain tools, you can easily track down memory hogs even in the deepest system paths under Windows 10. Here are what we think are two best methods to quickly find large files and delete them if possible.

Find large files with on-board tools

Find large files with WinDirStat

That's how it's done

  1. 1

    With the free WinDirStat software, finding memory hogs is even more convenient. After downloading and installing it, start the freeware and first select the drive you want.

  2. 2

    After a short scan, WinDirStat shows you a list of all folders on the hard drive and the files in them, sorted by size. A visual representation in the lower area gives you a quick and clear impression of how much space is occupied on the hard drive for each folder and each file.

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