The Bottom Line
The DriveInfo gadget is one of my favorite system utility gadgets for Windows. There are plenty of useful options including several background and icon choices but overall it's still an easy to use Windows gadget.
The DriveInfo gadget displays the remaining free space on your hard drive(s) in both percentage and GB format. There's even a handy progress-type bar that graphically displays used disk space.
Note: The DriveInfo gadget is available for Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
- Contains several background and icon choices
- Several options provide flexibility in drives displayed
- Very easy to use
- Doubles as a drive shortcut list
- No true opacity settings - skin choices determine opacity
- The DriveInfo gadget provides a live view of current hard drive usage.
- Simple, well designed options interface make customizing this gadget very easy.
- Clicking on a drive's icon in the DriveInfo gadget opens up the drive contents in a new window.
- Several well designed background and icon choices are available.
- DriveInfo allows the optional display of removable, network, and media drives.
Guide Review - DriveInfo Gadget
The DriveInfo gadget is an excellent example of how useful a Windows gadget can be. In a single glance, you can keep track of the available free space on every storage device on your computer, saving you considerable time over manual checks or running another application.
Important: You should never allow the partition that Windows is installed on, usually your C: drive, to become full or near full. Windows, and many other applications, assume there is a certain amount of "wiggle room" on a hard drive and if there isn't, issues like some Blue Screen of Death errors and other serious problems can occur.
The DriveInfo gadget is available for free from Softpedia. See How to Install a Windows Gadget if you need help.
I've tried a few other hard drive space tracking Windows gadgets and I think DriveInfo is the best. All Windows gadgets like this do essentially the same thing but DriveInfo stands out because of its well designed interface and thoughtful options. I highly recommend it.