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Hard drive icons - choosing which to display and arranging icons by hdd number

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billko
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Hi, Everyone:

I would like to know if there is/will be a way to display only the hard drives that I want to see? I appreciate that it can display all my drives, but it also displays all my empty card reader drives, too.

Also, I'd like to know if there is/will be a way to re-order or sort the hdd icons? Right now, if I drag them around, they don't go where I want them to go. I'm sure it's not random and eventually if I played with it long enough, I could discern a pattern and solve the problem, but right now it seems like they go wherever they want to go.

This is exactly what I want and need, and I will be buying a blanket license for all my home computers (and if any of them morphs into a business machine, I will update the license accordingly - I believe in playing fair).

Thanks!
Sep 13, 2016  • #1
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
There isn't at the moment, but we've added this to our feature request list!

Regarding the re-ordering of the hard drive icons, it looks like that's a bug. I've added that to our list to fix as well :)

Thanks!
Sep 14, 2016  • #2
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billko
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Thanks for being so responsive to my issues!
Sep 14, 2016  • #3
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billko
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In case anyone was wondering about it, the workaround is to add a custom performance counter for each hard drive you would like to monitor and uncheck "Show Hard Drive Activity". There are several advantages to this method of displaying hard drive activity. First, and most obvious, you can choose to display the activity of only the drives YOU want to monitor. Secondly, you are free to drag the icons around and they will stay where you put them. Finally, each icon will have its own designation - e.g., P1, P2, P3, etc... It's not very descriptive, but it's better than having an identical HDD icon for each drive using the "Show Hard Drive Activity" method.

I chose to monitor LOGICAL disks, chose "Disk Bytes/Sec" and I set the threshold to "1" so it would effectively be either on or off like an HDD LED. I chose to monitor LOGICAL disks because I was more interested in how each partition was being accessed than which physical disks were bring accessed; you might find it more useful to monitor the PHYSICAL Disks, instead. Then it would function similarly to the "Show Hard Drive Activity" method.

Hope this helps others who had the same issue. :)
Sep 16, 2016 (modified Sep 16, 2016)  • #4
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billko
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Oh, note to the devs:

It might be more intuitive if the counter Threshold was renamed to something like "Upper Limit". It confused me because threshold would be the SMALLEST value that would trigger an event.

I was wondering why a threshold value of "0" wasn't triggering anything.
Sep 16, 2016 (modified Sep 16, 2016)  • #5
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
I think that makes sense, I've put that on our list to review for the next version.

Thanks!
Sep 19, 2016  • #6
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Benjamin26
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I would very much like the ability to tell which drive is what... Perhaps we could do a color overlay for each letter? Or make the icon the drive letter?

Honestly, I wish this app had a toolbar mode- add the toolbar to the bottom or top of your screen and all windows resize around it appropriately.

I have close to 35items so far, and it's impossible to see them all at once.
Oct 4, 2016  • #7
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billko
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You can try what I did in msg #4 here where I displayed only the drives I wanted by using the performance counters. The icons for the performance counters are actually in the install directory so you can edit them with an icon editor, should you decide to use custom icons. I edited the icons of the counters I was using for my hard drives to include the letter of the drive. They have a set of "percentage" icons for each counter. There are ten sets, so I guess you can only display ten counters. Just remember to copy the folder to a safe place - they'll probably get overwritten the next time you update the application.

I'm guessing they are dumping a list of hard drives to an array and displaying them as an array of icons. (Note that there is only one set of hard drive icons.) That would explain why you can't choose which drives to display and why they are generic. I suppose they could have an array of overlays... but maybe now we're getting into performance issues. All process monitors steal a few CPU cycles, but maybe something like steals more CPU cycles than they like.

I wish I could help more. Unfortunately, I'm just a user.

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I would very much like the ability to tell which drive is what... Perhaps we could do a color overlay for each letter? Or make the icon the drive letter?

Honestly, I wish this app had a toolbar mode- add the toolbar to the bottom or top of your screen and all windows resize around it appropriately.

I have close to 35items so far, and it's impossible to see them all at once.
Oct 4, 2016  • #8
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Benjamin26
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Well, what about making two icons available? Like, a USB drive or SD and hard drive?

I'll see what i can do with the icons on my own, I might ask you to share yours.

Thank you very much for the response! ☺
Oct 4, 2016  • #9
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MARCO FERRO
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Is there any way to have hard or usb drive letter in the tray icon ?
Nov 2, 2016  • #10
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
It's not currently, but I've added that to our feature request list.

Thanks!
Nov 9, 2016  • #11
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If you change the settings to show separate indicators for each hard drive, you can then see clearly (by hovering) which drive is getting activity.

Then you can simply hide the drive you don't want to see by using Windows notification to not display that particular icon.

It's not perfect but it works, plus you can see which drives are USB, C, D: etc..
Dec 14, 2016 (modified Dec 14, 2016)  • #12
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phred13
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The suggested work-around in Reply #4 works well. I'm using Disk Transfers/sec as the counter and essentially I'm seeing an on/off when the drive is doing a read or write. Thanks to Billko for providing this 'fix'.

So I've got 11 logical drives and the systray icons for 1 through 9 are the same, but the icons for 10 and 11 are different than the first 9. Any idea why this may be? One would think the icons would all be the same. Look at the two icons on the right to see what I mean. I should also note that these two icons don't react to reads/writes the way the other 9 do. AAMOF, they don't react at all. They're just static. And yes, the criteria of these two is exactly the same as the other nine except for the 'instance' being a different logical drive.
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Dec 22, 2016 (modified Dec 23, 2016)  • #13
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@phred13: Well, that's a bit of an oversight on our part :)

We didn't figure people would use more than 9 custom counters, but forgot to hard cap it in the configuration. We'll look into either adding icons for more custom counters, or just hard capping it if we can't.

Thanks!
Dec 23, 2016  • #14
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