The hard drive properties window displays information about a disk's used and free space, both in numbers and as a pie chart, lists the Disk Cleanup button,a form that you can use to change the drive's description, and it is the location where you turn drive compression and drive indexing on or off.
If you have more than one hard drive you may want to display information for all drives at once instead of having to right-click each drive to access the information separately.
While that is not always the case, it may speed things up if you need to check several drives or want to modify drive names or compression and indexing preferences.
Saves time, especially if you have lots of hard drives and partitions on your system. A quick trick is to mark the drives with a left-click holding shift at the same time.You can use it to select multiple drives at the same time, and when you right-click on any of the selected drives and select properties, you will notice that they are all displayed in the properties window that opens up.
Note that you need to do so when My Computer is displayed in Windows Explorer.
The drives are displayed in tabs on the screen so that you can navigate between them easily to check their storage use, change drive names or modify the options displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Please note that you can do that only on the Computer listing in Windows Explorer and not on the sidebar where all drives are displayed as well. When you try to do that on the sidebar you will notice that you can only select one hard drive at a time.
On the Computer display dialog on the other hand, you can hold down the Ctrl key to left-click on any drive you want to check in the properties dialog. This works on all versions of Windows including the very latest versions Windows 7 and Windows 8.Advertisement
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