A Java disk space analysis program with an interesting collection of features
Pros & Cons:
JDiskReport is a Java disk space analysis program with an interesting collection of features for presenting the analysis results. It does require Java installation on the computer to use it, but this makes it usable on systems where you may be restricted from running other executable programs. For example, my work computer doesn't allow me to run programs that aren't installed by our I/T group, but I can run Java applications. The installer version of the download includes an option for adding an Explorer context menu entry. There is a separate portable version download.
After a scan is complete the program displays a folder view and a large, tabbed graphic pane. You can move down in the results levels by either selecting a folder or clicking on elements of the graphic. The graphic window display options are pie, ring and bar chart. A file view is also selectable for display in the graphic window. Other tabs take you to a text display of the 'Top 50' by largest, oldest or newest, and graphical displays of size distribution, date modified or file types. The right-click menu includes options for opening Explorer, copying text displays to the clipboard and printing. The scan results can be saved and retrieved, which is handy considering that scan speed is not one of the program features. A comprehensive help file is accessible from the help menu.
The program is easy to use and has good data presentation options. The problems are its poor scanning speed and limited options for interacting with the file system. The developer is upfront about the limitations of the software, which is refreshing, and clearly describes them in the help file.
JDiskReport is visually attractive, includes very useful display options and will run on just about any computer with Java. However, its lack of scanning speed limits it to casual use.
JDiskReport was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on