At first glance DriveInfo appears much like many other desktop gadgets, with a simple interface listing every drive on your system, and displaying its total and free space. Move your mouse cursor over DriveInfo's display, though, and you'll see icons which lead to a host of additional features and tools.
There are simple shortcuts to launch Task Manager, the Lock screen and the Run box, for example. You can similarly open Explorer at any of your drives (or the Windows folder) with a click. An "IP" button displays the current IP address for each of your network adapters, and a built-in power option can close down, log off or restart your PC.
The program also includes a screen magnifier and basic file search tool, while an "auto shutdown" option can close your PC at a specified time.
A simple screen grab tool captures a custom rectangular area of the screen, then saves the results as a JPG, PNG, TIF or BMP file.
A "Startup Manager" lists your Windows startup programs, and provides options to disable or delete any you don't need.
There's even a simple program launcher. Drag and drop your favourite files, folders or shortcuts onto a tiny toolbar and they're available at a click.
Many of these functions are limited, or easily available with a standard Windows hotkey (Win+R to launch the Run box, for example). The program isn't always reliable, either, crashing twice during our relatively brief tests.
DriveInfo does provide much more than hard drive information, though, and if you like configurable desktop gadgets then it's certainly worth exploring.
DriveInfo offers far more features than you might expect. Most are fairly limited, and the program isn't always reliable (it crashed twice during our tests), but if you like configurable desktop gadgets then it's certainly worth exploring.