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Convenient Hard-Disk Usage Monitor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105996D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cahill Jr, RB: AUTHOR

Abstract

With the size of some workstations getting larger and the number of peripherals growing, many users do not have the deskspace to place their hardware exactly where it would be most convenient. This frequently causes a problem whereby the user cannot see their hard-disk usage light on their control unit.

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Convenient Hard-Disk Usage Monitor

      With the size of some workstations getting larger and the
number of peripherals growing, many users do not have the deskspace
to place their hardware exactly where it would be most convenient.
This frequently causes a problem whereby the user cannot see their
hard-disk usage light on their control unit.

      Some users like to see their hard-disk usage light and due to
the problems mentioned above, they cannot.  Users always set up their
workstation enabling them to see their monitor, so this invention
gives manufacturers two options to solve the problem.  The hard-disk
usage light could be left on the control unit, but the operating
system could offer the user a "control panel" setting to also display
a small (sizable and user-area-controlled) blinking disk on the
screen (like the icon on the hardware) when the hard-disk is being
used.  The other option is that the workstation monitor manufacturers
could add a small light (preferably round so users could easily
disseminate it from the power light) on the border of the monitor
itself.  This light would be labeled by a hard-disk icon and blink as
the hard-disk is used.