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Everything posted by ITgreybeard
Just saying: I would think that t's easy for one of us to overlook the checkbox when the info is so scattered about rather than methodically placed, especially if more than 3 partitions are the subject. A list of drives with a column pertaining to auto defrag would be much more obvious to the average user. Edward Tufte's "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information" and such works are useful reading for UI layout if not interaction.
My 2 cents: From this UI designer's point of view, the options are ok for the casual user who has a very simple setup. But it's very wasteful of display space, and for techs with systems hosting 4 or more partitions - and who are probably info-junkies, the L-R scrolling is a losing proposition. For us, it would be much better to show more information all at once, perhaps as in the Windows "Details" view with UI enhancement. So I would vote for a better balance toward function, with form to follow. As it is, it's "cutesy" more than it is useful. As a classic instance, the graphic representing HDD or SSD is needlessly prominent. Could I recommend that instead (or at a mouseover or button push) an optional background task fill in a matrix representing a thumbnail analysis of each storage unit, perhaps with additional info re %full, %fragmented, file system type, smart health, internal/external et al listed near it? And I notice that partitions that are connected but which have not been designated with a Letter, e.g. C, D, E, are not listed whatsoever.