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Graphical Partition Utilization Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110878D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 68K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The workstation user frequently needs to be aware of how much disk space is currently available and on which partitions the free space is located, perhaps on his/her own workstation, or perhaps on another machine connected to the LAN token ring. Sometimes users are aware that they need to know this information, and sometimes they aren't. For example, before a user installs a new software package, he/she needs to know whether there is enough room on the disk drive for this package, and, if so, onto which partition it should be installed. If there is not enough space available, the user might have to change his/her choice of drives, or clear some disk space before doing the installation. However, as already mentioned, the user frequently doesn't even remember to check how much space is available.

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Graphical Partition Utilization Control

      The workstation user frequently needs to be aware of how much
disk space is currently available and on which partitions the free
space is located, perhaps on his/her own workstation, or perhaps on
another machine connected to the LAN token ring.  Sometimes users are
aware that they need to know this information, and sometimes they
aren't.  For example, before a user installs a new software package,
he/she needs to know whether there is enough room on the disk drive
for this package, and, if so, onto which partition it should be
installed.  If there is not enough space available, the user might
have to change his/her choice of drives, or clear some disk space
before doing the installation.  However, as already mentioned, the
user frequently doesn't even remember to check how much space is
available.  The installation is attempted, and it fails when it is
90% complete because the system ran out of disk space.  By the time
the user aborts the installation, removes this incomplete package
from the hard disk, clears more space on the partition, and
re-installs, a 5-minute task has lasted an hour.  Granted, if the
user remembers, he/she can leave the desktop before every
installation, go to a command prompt session, repeatedly execute the
DIRECTORY or CHKDSK commands for each partition, wait for each
command to complete in series, and monitor the results.  However, the
user needs to be able to automatically monitor available disk space
on each partition without leaving the desktop.

      This system adds a new graphical End User Interface (EUI)
control called the Disk Partition Utilization (DPU) indicator, which
surfaces disk space availability to the user, so that the user is
always aware of disk space utilization.  At user-configured
intervals, this...