My hard disk shed weight


I love art and live my life at the crossroads of art and technology. I have spent most of my adult years collecting articles of fine arts ranging from beautiful speeches to miraculous curious.

The man that earns his living by chiseling out faces of animals on woody leisure chairs on the slopes of Machinga Mountain may not have the arty muscle to pen the succulent verse “The Song of a Novice” by Benedicto Wokomaatani Malunga; but like my once secondary teacher, he also tells a story.

Instagram quenches my thirst for marvels of art. The downside is that the collection has not been fair to my one TB hard disk. The thing is that Microsoft Windows is a funny animal.


While the hard disk should simply be the granary, Windows uses it as a waiting bay for files (RAM) queuing up at the entrance of the engine room (computer chip). Because of this, Windows can be sluggish if hard disk space is compromised. That exactly was the case.

I wanted to know the precise content that had chewed up my space. I googled for an app that could do the job at no cost. And behold, Tree Size showed up. Three Size went to work immediately.

After thirty minutes, the app told me that one music file was occupying 35 GB. That had to be a viral activity; after all, what is a virus? Is it not a computer program that replicates files or makes them look bigger; just to throw unpleasant prank on you?


I did the needful, deleted the file and went on to empty the Recycling Bin. My hard disk shed 35GB weight. The juices started flowing and it was good.

I wanted more of the action. I went back to Google and pleaded with it to show me an app that could reveal files that had been replicated on my system.

A faithful messenger it is, Google dug out dupeGuru. The app scanned my one TB hard drive and found out that 24,667 files had been replicated. The majority of those were music files. Now, this could not be some viral prank.

Music packing can be a’ virus’ on a computer. Artists bundle music in albums in a very comic way; the collections sometimes have many similar songs but listed differently. When you rip such music into Windows Media Audio, you end up with a viral activity; replicated files.

I asked dupeGuru to purge my computer off all repeated files. The result was awe-inspiring; my hard disk shed yet another 125.7 GB.

The chances are that junk is blissfully sitting on your compuer hard disk and you sometimes toil to backup the rubbish.

It has been 13 years of evangelism

Computer CrossTalk debuted in Daily Times in August 2003, I have been preaching the technology gospel for thirteen years now.

When I look back, BNL has been a university where I have been to and learnt and still continue to learn the art at no cost to myself. BNL editorial policy is a parent that let kids experiment with life. This is the only university where there are no fees issues. Thank you so much BNL.

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