Retrieve information for multiple Windows XP disk drives

If you're working with multiple Windows XP disk drives, you can easily create a pie chart to show the amount of free and used space on each drive at the same time -- including removable and floppy drives.

You can obtain detailed information about the amount of available and used space on your Windows XP disk by right-clicking any drive icon in My Computer and selecting Properties. You also get a nice pie chart display that depicts this information graphically, which makes it very easy to quickly analyze your hard disk usage.

If you have multiple drives, performing this operation on each one can be time consuming. Fortunately, Windows XP can provide the same type of pie chart display for all your drives in one tabbed dialog box. Here's how:

  1. Open My Computer.
  2. Hold down [Ctrl] and select each one of the drive icons (Figure A).
  3. Right-click the last one and select Properties.

Figure A

Hold down [Ctrl] and select each drive you want to display.
The resulting dialog box will have a tab containing a pie chart for each drive (Figure B). You can use this technique with removable as well as floppy disk drives.

Figure B

A pie chart appears for each drive.
Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Professional editions.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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