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Kilmist Storage Analyzer 2.0 for Pocket PC review
Posted on 16-Sep-2003 21:23. | Tags Filed under: Reviews.

Kilmist Storage Analyzer 2.0 is a must have for Pocket PC users - even more now when devices with more than 64 MBytes are more readily available and users feel free to install more programs. Sometimes these programs are removed and leave behind a trail of files not removed by the uninstall routine, or simply temporary files never accounted for.

As we know the memory on a Pocket PC is balanced between storage and program. Less memory available means poor performance and application problems, so the resource management here is very important.

As other Pocket PC users I was interested to know where all the memory on my device is - I know I've installed some programs (a lot, really), but I've been careful to have some files and applications installed on SD cards - mainly multimedia and maps.

Kilmist Storage Analyzer 2.0 brings to the Pocket PC the kind of functionality some of us were used to have on desktop computers in old time - when a 850MBytes HDD was the most storage one could have. Questions like "What files are using most of the space?" or "What folders are using more space?". The most important sometimes was "What about duplicate files?".

The software is very easy to use. The first screen is an overview. Tap one of the pie charts and control is transferred to the corresponding application.

Storage Analyzer 2.0 for Pocket PC
Overview screen: each graphic leads to more details

The Main Memory graphic goes to the Settings | Memory applet; the Program graphic goes to the Settings | Memory | Running Program List applet; the Storage goes to the Folder view and the Storage Card graphic goes to Settings | Memory | Storage Card applet.

Storage Analyzer 2.0 for Pocket PC
Folder view

Additional views are available by accessing the File menu. The File Type view shows the distribution of space used by each file type. No surprise here, .wmv files (Window Media) and .mpeg (MPEG movies) use a fair bit of my Pocket PC: I have the complete BMW Films series on my SD card and a couple of animations. Tap each sector in the chart and you'll get a list of files with that extension.

Storage Analyzer 2.0 for Pocket PC
File Type view

The Tools menu has some interest functions. Like the Largest Files, which is a good start when you need to find some space to install more programs. It's visible that in my case I'd gain lots by moving some files to another SD card or removing them altogether:

Storage Analyzer 2.0 for Pocket PC
Largest Files view

More findings: why does Avantgo create so many files with the same name, and all with 0 bytes?

Storage Analyzer 2.0 for Pocket PC
Duplicates Files view

And the Databases View shows how many records and how big are the system databases. Sometimes applications are removed but leave their system database behind - this is a good way to find these orphans and remove them.

Storage Analyzer 2.0 for Pocket PC
Duplicates Files view

The Preferences allow users to customise the look of the charts. This includes the maximum number of slices in each chart, and the colour used in each slice:

Storage Analyzer 2.0 for Pocket PC
Preferences setting

After using Storage Analyzer 2.0 I was surprised with some the space being used by files no longer needed, remains of test applications installed and temporary garbage left behind. I think this is the kind of utility the OS should implement. Kilmist did a good job creating this program and I recommend this for users that need to keep tabs on your device's free space and performance .

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