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This is one of the tons of gadgets available for Google Desktop Search. If you’re wondering what the heck is a gadget let me help you on that. A gadget is a plug-in component that complements your Desktop abilities and are useful to realize the most unbelievable and ingenious tasks that you can imagine and even more.
If you’re not a user yet, you surely are asking yourself what is Google Desktop Search. Let’s take a second to explain that before we go on with HDDlife gadget. Google Desktop Search developed by the people from Google as you might guess from its name and basically consists in a desktop indexing and searching engine. This tool will allow you to search files and information saved in your PC just like if you were browsing the web. Easy and fast.
Back to the HDDlife gadget, the first thing you have to know is that Google Desktop Search has to be installed and running on your computer in order to be able to use HDDlife. You have two ways to get the gadget. First one, visit the HDDlife page on the web and download the installation file. Execute it on your PC and you’re ready to go. The second option is pressing the round button with an addition sign on it located on the side bar of Desktop Search. A window will open from where you can search the HDDlife gadget among the thousands of gadgets available. To find it, just type in the letters “HDD” in the text box and HDDlife gadget will be listed right away. Finally you press the “Add” button below the gadget thumbnail to begin the downloading and installation process.
Once the HDDlife gadget has been installed, you will see a new round section on the side bar of Desktop Search. The basic parts and indications of the HDDlife gadget are the following:
1. Near the center of the section you’ll see the letter corresponding to the disk being monitored.
2. Outside the circle, on the top right corner, you’ll find the Disk health state icon, letting you know the health status of your disk at a glance. For example, green good, red bad.
3. In the middle of the circular section and with a horizontal bar style, the percentage of occupied disk space will be shown.
4. Below the occupied disk space you will see the current disk temperature with a pretty large number.
5. Activity level indicators are available for Read (green arrow) and write (read arrow). Rotating around the circular section as it were a car speedometer.
6. Two numbers on the bottom section of the gadget indicates the percentage of activity: one for read and one for write.
All this cool features are available for you without spending a buck if you go for the free version, which only monitors one disk. To upgrade you have to buy HDDlife Pro or HDDlife for Notebook. A final “heads up” is that this gadget has not been tested by Google so you could encounter some bugs, and probably you will.
- Freeware license. Quick access to information. Always visible
- Not a Google tested gadget. Free version limited to only one disk. Some bugs on the installation