Monitor disk space usage development with XML reports and snapshots
Keeping an eye on the development of disk space usage is always a good idea. By identifying sectors with extraordinary growth you can plan ahead, e.g. when it comes to adding disk space.
You prefer to save a series of actual states and view them at a later date? TreeSize offers a wide range of exporting and reporting formats.
The bird's eye perspective: XML reports
With TreeSize you can save scan results in the xml format and load them at a later date. A comparison of old and new results enables you to monitor and analyze the development of certain folders over longer periods of time.
Please note: Since TreeSize saves the whole folder structure for such a comparison, the generated XML files can be quite large. If you want to permanently save a large number of XML reports, you should reserve a generous amount of disk space. The database-based SpaceObServer offers an alternative.
The quick overview: snapshots
For a quick comparison simply use the snapshot feature. A snapshot can be described as "photography" of the disk space status at a certain point in time. It is created within seconds and Windows will automatically delete it if the space it occupies is needed. The amount of disk space reserved for snapshots can easily be configured via TreeSize or the Windows System Configuration.
Windows creates such snapshots independently from time to time. Depending on your system's configuration you can access disk space information saved even before TreeSize was installed on your machine. This feature is unique to TreeSize and becomes very relevant once a computer's hard disk is already filled to the brim and you need to quickly fix the machine.
If you want to monitor folder size development in detail and in freely selectable intervals, we have the perfect solution for you: SpaceObServer runs in the background and uses a database to save folder structures right down to file level – history included! Older scan reports and the historical development are provided automatically and do not have to be saved separately.