Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Disk Tray

I generally have no complaints with the computer I've been given to work on at my client. It's reliable, it's plenty fast, and they're good both about quickly fixing what goes wrong and not getting in my face with a bunch of arbitrary standards. However, the one complaint I have is that since I program with my headphones on, and since the computer actually sits under my desk and sort of behind me, I can't see or hear drive activity. Working on a laptop most of the time, I'm used to seeing the drive access light flicker as a sign that “something is going on”.

I knew I couldn't be the only person for whom this was a problem, and I was right. A few moments of Googling turned up Disk Tray, which seems (so far) to be a stable and capable little app for showing disk activity by blinking lights in the system tray.


  1. I think I remember trying this one at one point, and being unsatisfied with it. But I don't remember why, so I'll have to go back and give it a shot again. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Ah, now I remember. The problem is that the diskmon light stays on for too long, so when access is frequent but intermittant it doesn't "flicker" enough for my taste. In other words, diskmon doesn't look enough to me like the drive light on the PC case.

    A matter of personal taste, obviously.

    It's also interesting to see that the diskmon light comes on sometimes when the disk tray one doesn't. I don't really know why they differ, but since all I want is a quick visual indicator of whether or not the disk is doing something, I don't much care, either. :)