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WinDirStat, a disk usage viewer, helps solve a Dropbox syncing problem

WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for various versions of Microsoft Windows –from

Simply, WinDirStat provides a graphical view of how much space files take up on your drives. So instead of deleting files and folders that may not matter much, this utility guides you to the disk space hogs. Then delete or move stuff where it makes a bigger difference.

It came in handy with a Dropbox folder that was over the free limit and no longer synced with the cloud. We found the mobile phone was syncing videos to the Camera Uploads folder in Dropbox. Photograph and video syncing is a Dropbox feature that can consume all your space, especially on free accounts. You can disable that feature in the iOS Dropbox app, Settings, Camera Upload, Camera Upload toggle.

You can use WinDirStat on a whole disk drive or a folder tree. I’ve used it on USB Flash drives. It really comes in handy for the new, smaller SSD’s (solid-state drives).

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