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FolderSizes Snapshots allow you to capture the full state of one or more file system branches for later reporting purposes.


Snapshot (.fssx) files can then be used directly to create:


Folder reports (in the main window)
File reports (via the File Reporter tool)
Search reports (via the Search tool)


Snapshots enable a wide range of advanced file system reporting scenarios, including:


Allowing subsequent reports to be run even when the original file system is offline
Providing reporting and analysis capabilities to users that lack direct access to the target file system(s)
Creation of report variations in a fraction of the time required to re-analyze the target file systems(s)
Many others


For an example of how this capability can be useful, consider the case where a large network file system requires a considerable amount of time to generate a given report (e.g. folder report, file report, or search report). In such cases, you can use the Snapshot feature to capture the state of the original file system once, and then allow multiple users to run folder, file, and search reports against that snapshot as often as needed (and in a fraction of the time).


Scan filtering and search rules can also be applied during the Snapshot import process, making the generation of repeated report variations dramatically faster and more resource efficient.


Snapshot files can be created interactively, via the command line, or via the integrated scheduler. They can then be used directly in place of file system paths when creating folder, file, and search reports.


Related help topics: Generating Snapshots, Using Snapshots