Diruse Overview

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Diruse.exe: Directory Disk Usage

This command-line tool displays directory size information, including compression information for NTFS volumes. You can use DirUse to determine the actual usage of space for compressed files and directories.

You can also specify a maximum folder size. DirUse then marks any folders that exceed the specified limit and, if you choose, alerts you to the problem.

If you run DirUse while logged on as a member of the Administrators group, you can check the use of disk space in directories even if you do not have access rights to those directories.


  • DirUse is similar to du used in UNIX.

Corresponding UI

You can use Windows Explorer to determine the size of the first level of directories on a drive, but not to determine the overall size of directories and their subdirectories.

There is no other corresponding user interface for DirUse.


For more information on NTFS, see NTFS.

System Requirements

The following are the system requirements for DirUse:

  • Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003

File Required

  • Diruse.exe

See Also


Diruse Remarks
Diruse Syntax
Diruse Examples
Alphabetical List of Tools
Rsdir Overview
Rsdiag Overview
Iologsum Overview
Health_chk Overview
Ftonline Overview
Filever Overview
Efsinfo Overview
Dmdiag Overview
Dskprobe Overview
Diruse Overview
Dfsutil Overview
Connstat Overview
Cabarc Overview
Bitsadmin Overview