Using #Tableau to Clean My Hard-Drive!

Are you a digital hoarder?  I might be but I am committed to cleaning up my hard-drive!  If you need to do some cleaning on your system, you can use Tableau to help you find the biggest offending files and to direct your clean-up activities.  The reason for doing this is that you may be experiencing the exponential growth in digital file storage that I’m experiencing (see graphs below).


Click here to watch a video of how I captured my hard drive information.  You need to do this to create the data to be used in Tableau for finding the files that are occupying most of the space on your hard drive.  With a few minutes of effort, you can gain a lot of insight into your digital clutter.

I’m not going to spend too much time talking about my personal results, since it only matters to me. However, I will say that I was able to knock-out a huge number of gigabtyes off my drive by doing this analysis, with no loss of functionality.  I was able to identify things like memory dump files that took many gigabytes of storage.  If you need more space or need to understand what you have, this is a great technique to use. Good luck!

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Shown below are some of the images that I created during my analysis.  These are basic Tableau type charts that were created in a few minutes.  You will likely create you own analysis, and for this reason, I’m not going to provide a sample file for this work.






2 thoughts on “Using #Tableau to Clean My Hard-Drive!

  1. hi Ken,
    Borrowed your idea to vizualise the shared drive at work – that narrated a stronger story than my incessant whining about not having enough shared storage disk space 😉

    The one thing I did differently: Instead of the command prompt to create the list of files, I used the Microsoft Power Query add-in – Get External Data ->from file -> from folder. Powerful stuff, & gives access to every attribute for the file, in just a few clicks.

    • Hi Neil,
      Thanks for writing! What a great idea for collecting the data. I’ll find that add-in and use it myself. Thanks for sharing the idea!


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