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how do I find oldest and biggest files on windows8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 20
    Windows 7

    how do I find oldest and biggest files on windows8.1


    I am running windows 8.1

    I have accumulated many years of files.

    Before I move to new hardware, I would like to find files to delete.

    I want to be able to find
    -- files that have not been used in years
    -- files that are huge.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    assuming you kept your files some what organized ,open windows explorer and go to the folder the files are in and choose show by date or by size .
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  3. #3


    Posts : 328
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    Control Panel > Adminitrative Tools > Disk Cleanup might help.

    In file explorer click on the folder you want to search then type in the search bar :
    System.DateModified:2010 AND System.Size:>10mb

    Replace 2010 (year) and 10mb (size) with watever you prefer.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 446
    Win 8 64-bit


    There's a tutorial on Windows Search Filters and Operators here:
    Search - Find More with Filters and Operators

    For example:
    datemodified:before 2012 size:>50MB

    Or as the previous poster said, if you're quite organised you can sort by columns in Explorer.

    Tread carefully though, as there's nothing worse than deleting something you later wish you hadn't.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 376
    W8.1, W7


    My preferred search tool, Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails search.PNG  
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  6. #6


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    After finding these files, you may want to put them into a compressed archive.
    Some of the archive tools let you delete the file after it is added.

    Then save that file archive on some backup device (flash drive, DVD, external drive, etc.)

    For me, I've always just gotten a larger hard drive when I saw space becoming low (I have a desktop system). I rarely throw away anything.
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  7. #7


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    Another good tool like this is locate32:

    Locate32 | Free System Administration software downloads at SourceForge.net

    Click image for larger version
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  8. #8


    Posts : 74
    s: XP, Win7, Win8, Ubuntu


    Quote Originally Posted by ARC1020 View Post
    There's a tutorial on Windows Search Filters and Operators here:
    Search - Find More with Filters and Operators

    For example:
    datemodified:before 2012 size:>50MB

    Or as the previous poster said, if you're quite organised you can sort by columns in Explorer.

    Tread carefully though, as there's nothing worse than deleting something you later wish you hadn't.
    Life is weird like that, at least for me.

    Throw something away, then later, out of the blue... there's a call for said file or folder.
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