Active and Automatic Monitoring

By Bruno Sonnino  |  Posted 2004-06-28 Print this article Print

Active and Automatic Monitoring

Perhaps the most innovative feature of DiskPie Pro is its ability to monitor a set of watched folders on your local or network drives. DiskPie can tell you if a folder exceeds a certain size and if the total group of files of a certain filetype reaches a given size.

For instance, you can set DiskPie to monitor your entire C drive by right-clicking on the C drive in the Explorer view and selecting Add to watched folders.

You will then be asked to set your size threshold for this folder. We set our threshold to 10GB (were just shy of that now). Once youve added a folder, a list of filetypes will appear in the Watched extensions tab. DiskPie will now monitor the folder and the files in it, by filetype. To remove a folder from the list of watched folders, simply right-click on it (in this tab) and select Remove.

To see a list of the folders DiskPie is watching, click on the Watched folders tab. We set DiskPie to watch our C drive, and we also set a special watch just for our My Documents folder with a threshold of 5GB. To change the threshold, simply right-click on the entry and choose Modify size threshold.

In the same manner as DiskPie watches folders, it can also keep an eye on your files by focusing in on their filetypes. You can set alerts, for instance, when you have reached 100MB of MP3 files, or when you have stored 1GB of digital photos anywhere on your PC. To add a filetype-watch to DiskPie, simply add the folder that you want to monitor (for instance, the C drive as a whole), and DiskPie will monitor the filetypes automatically. In this example, DiskPie will monitor the filetypes found anywhere on our C drive.

To set the threshold for MP3 files to 100MB, simply right-click on the extension name, in this case ".mp3" and select Modify threshold. Then set the threshold to 100MB, and youre all set!

DiskPie can monitor these folders and filetypes at any frequency you desire. When you first install DiskPie, it will refresh the size information on these folders when you view the Watched folders tab and whenever you click on the Refresh button. You can also set DiskPie to monitor these folders (in the background) automatically by clicking on Settings inside the View menu and modifying the Refresh folders option. In our ongoing example, we set DiskPie to check in on our watched folders once every hour.

Also in the Settings window, you can set your preference for how you would like DiskPie to alert you when a particular threshold for a folder or filetype has been exceeded. The options are: no alert, play a sound, or display a pop-up window. In this example, we have chosen to be alerted via a pop-up window.

The default thresholds can also be modified in the Settings window. You can set these thresholds to whatever number you desire, but note that its measured in KB. (1MB is equal to 1024KB, and 1GB is equal to 1,048,576KB.)


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