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Free Disk Space Monitoring Tool

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Free Disk Space Monitoring Tool


    One of my favorite features of Windows Explorer was that it told me the free disk space in the status bar. Since Windows Vista, you also had the ability to see the free space on hard drives across the network.

    Now in Windows 8 you can't even in the least see the free space on the status bar of your own pc, let alone those across the network, and for someone who's constantly moving files across my home network, it's becoming a bit of a hassle.

    I don't think there's away to to restore this functionality (already installed the ClassicShell program) so absent of that, is there a free disk space monitoring tool you guys can recommend? I'm mainly looking for one that has a system tray function that can tell me the amount of free space I have left, either in percentage form, or megabyte form, or gigabyte form, whatever. It would make my life that much easier with my laptop.

    I appreciate any help.

    Thanks.

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Wiso View Post
    One of my favorite features of Windows Explorer was that it told me the free disk space in the status bar. Since Windows Vista, you also had the ability to see the free space on hard drives across the network.

    I appreciate any help.

    Thanks.
    Try this---

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Free...hrome&ie=UTF-8
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  3. #3


    @Wiso

    I didn't know of that feature to check disk space across networked PC's. I just turned on my laptop that has window 7 home premium and it doesn't show anything remotely close to what you're describing. I'm wondering if it's a OS version specific functionality.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    @Wiso

    I didn't know of that feature to check disk space across networked PC's. I just turned on my laptop that has window 7 home premium and it doesn't show anything remotely close to what you're describing. I'm wondering if it's a OS version specific functionality.
    It's a function that was introduced with Windows Vista. Windows 7 didn't have it displayed out of the box, even though the functionality was available in the OS. If you use ClassicShell, and told it to use Windows Explorer as Vista (and enable show "Show free space and file size in status bar), it started giving you that information once again.

    That function has been completely removed from Windows 8, and not even ClassicShell can restore it.

    @medab1 you assume that I hadn't spent a good time already doing that...
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  5. #5


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Wiso View Post

    @medab1 you assume that I hadn't spent a good time already doing that...
    Just trying to help.
    The search did provide a number of good freeware tools.
    Using a variety of search terms yields different results.
    I hope you can find one that works with Windows 8.
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  6. #6


    When I want to know how drive space is doing, I open Computer in List or Details view.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    When I want to know how drive space is doing, I open Computer in List or Details view.
    I know how to find hard drive space. It's a very inefficient way of doing things.
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  8. #8


    Agreed. What about using the DriveInfo Gadget?

    Right click on the Desktop, select Gadgets. Double click on DriveInfo and that will put the gadget on your Desktop. Click on Options (Wrench icon) and you can chose the drive you want to monitor.

    Set Opacity to 20% and you will hardly notice it until you hover the mouse pointer over it.
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