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Tech Tips for Non-Tech People!

Data Doctors Tech Tips | Ken Colburn & Brandon Disney
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Original Air Date: Oct 15, 2019

Hard Drive 'TreeSize' Utility

Did you know that the internal storage in your computer (the hard disk) is a lot like that frig you have in the kitchen? In both cases, no matter how big it is, you’ll most likely fill it up.

When your frig fills up, you don’t go out and buy a new one, you get rid of the stuff you don’t need or has gone bad and the same holds true for your computer.

The challenge for a lot of you is that even if you do want to free up space, you’re not sure what’s taking it all up.

There are a number of primary targets for getting rid of unwanted files that begins with unused programs, old videos and music as a starter.

If you really want to dig into what’s taking your space and where, check out a free program called TreeSize (

Think of all the items in your computer being organized like a tree, whereas each folder is a branch and each file is a leaf.

The utility will show you how much space is being taken by each branch (or folder) on your tree so you can strategically determine what’s taking the space.

It’s incredibly important that when you don’t know what a specific folder or file is all about, you don’t ever delete it and make sure you have a verified backup before you start any mass deletion.