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Is there a program that will keep track of disk usage?

December 3, 2020 at 14:23:26
Specs: Windows 8
I'm using ssd for main programs and hdd for data (2 tb) and periodically run low on space on the ssd so then must search for the cause of using space on the ssd and figure out how to fix it but doing so is a time consuming process. Think having a small monitoring program running to let me know about anything using space with settings in said program so I can get daily or weekly (my choice) reports as to what has recently used storage space and how much and when would give a warning as to something that needs my attention. Some big companies are notorious (like Apple and Adobe) for insisting their data must be on same drive as their program and it becomes a real challenge to circumvent that insanity. I know I could run "Folder Size" manually on a regular basis but would prefer a program that would run all the time and make reports whenever my specified usage limit was exceeded in a specified time frame. Anyone aware of such a program?

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December 3, 2020 at 14:45:03
I can’t answer your actual question... but

You say Apple requires data be on the same drive as their programme. Not so... I have Macs which allow data to go wherever I want to be. That’s often a usb external drive, and no problems at all. If I have the main drive partitioned into two or more “drives” the same setup works fine. Programme on main (Primary in windows) drive and data on another partition/drive.

I boot my Mac Mini either from the internal drive, or a usb drive partitioned into two partitions/drive. Data goes where I want it in both boot options.

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If you search the web for:

monitor disk usage


monitor disk usage windows 8

you'll get responses from both searches; There are differences in the two searches; but you'll see what's about in that vein...

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December 4, 2020 at 14:11:23
Thanks for your input, trvlr. I'm not surprised to hear that Apple allows you to split application from data on your Macs as those machines are Apple's products but when it comes to running their apps on Windows machines it becomes a different story - part of their marketing ploy to try to get Windows users to switch to Macs I'm sure.
I did do a search for monitoring disk usage on windows 8 recently but all I got were programs to monitor disk I/O usage - nothing for disk SPACE usage. However, I tried the search as you suggested for "monitor disk usage" and found two possible programs. One of them does a lot of monitoring of I/O at the same time - I don't need/want that as it might create overhead and actually slow down my system. Another one, made by "Plesk" looks like a possibility for strictly space usage monitoring although it's designed to be used on servers so may not work properly on my desktop - but I'll check it out. Thanks for your suggestion.
In hindsight I should have titled my initial question "Is there a program that will keep track of disk SPACE usage?" to be clear about my quest. Disk I/O is such an "old" topic I think a lot of readers just ignored my question assuming that was my bug-bear.

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December 4, 2020 at 15:00:19
What Apple apps are you referring to? I think the iTunes app can be in one location and the actual data elsewhere (in a windowoze environment)?

And windows certainly allows separation of M$-land apps and data - as likely you already know. Does not the routine used to achieve that work for non M$-land apps/data?

I'm no-longer on windoze systems these days; prefer Macs after ten years of using them.

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December 6, 2020 at 13:01:54
Yo trvlr,
The Apple app I'm referring to is backing up my iPhone. I have 24 GB of data on C: from the last backup of my phone and my wife's. I have to manually delete previous phone backups whenever I do a new one because the Apple (through iTunes) app will not allow the backup to be saved to or restored from any other drive. And I sometimes don't have 24 GB of space left on C: to do the backups so I have to do the deletion before I can do the new backup and hope the new one works.

Yes, there are some apple apps that can be split - but you have to work at getting that to happen manually 'cause Apple doesn't provide the option to make that choice when installing their apps - at least that was the case with any I've used in the past. Perhaps they've made changes to recent apps to give users the choice but I haven't purchased any Apple apps for quite a while now.

Thanks for the link to "how to" but that link refers to Win 10 which is a whole different ball game compared to Win 8.1

I mentioned that "Plesk".com offers a program to monitor disk space usage but when I looked into it found out its a web-based app designed for managing a server farm - so no help for me.

The reason I posted here on was I hoped someone had already gone down this road and could suggest a program to do what I want without my having to "re-invent the wheel" as it were. Guess not - or it could be whomever has, just hasn't seen my request.

I understand your preferring Apple products. I find them very un-userfreindly. Having said that, I don't find Microsoft products that much better - just slightly better. Plus there are so many more programs designed to work with Windows than Apple you just have so much more to choose from. However, I intend to switch to Linux to be free of corporations making everyone follow their rules in order to use their products. With Covid upon us this is likely a good time to make the switch as I have so much more time available nowadays.

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December 6, 2020 at 13:43:11
I've generally saved a backup from iPhone/iPad to another location; i.e. save it where Apple pust it and then copy or transfer it elsewhere. I think (happens now and then) when it comes to restoring that "moved" backup I can select it 9from that other location) as the source from within iTunes (the default iPhone/iPad backup app).

I also use iMazing which allows a lot more flexibility than iTunes; and it's my preferred app in that respect. Been using it for a few years and it's fine.

Even with that iMazing app I transfer backups to another location later; or at least duplicate them elsewhere; and thus I can have them all if I wish to.

I agree that there are fewer Apple apps which duplicate/ mirror those of M$-land apps; but I've generally managed to circumvent that for the most part.

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December 6, 2020 at 14:14:37
Thanks for the link to iMazing. I've never heard of it. I've been using an app called "EaseUs MobiMover" as a supplemental backup maker for our iPhones but have never had to try to use it for an actual restore. I find that iTunes combined with the iPhones themselves connected through my PC are very tempermental to work with - not much flexibility in routing data between them. Yes, I do make extra copies of the backups too onto my data drive. I'll look into iMazing - might be a good alternative.

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December 6, 2020 at 15:51:48
I’ve used iMazing to backup and restore.

It allows selection of content from a backup; including individual images, tracks etc.

I think it’s a one time buy too; as updates seem to offered free.

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