Using Disk Management

Your primary tool for working with your computer's disks is Disk Management. You will use Disk Management to partition disks, format disk volumes with filesystems, and mount disk volumes. You can also use Disk Management to convert a disk from the basic disk type to the dynamic disk type and vice versa. However, while you can convert from a basic disk type to the dynamic disk type without losing data, you must remove disk volumes on a dynamic disk before you can convert the disk to the basic disk type.

Using an Administrator account, you can start and work with Disk Management by completing the following steps:

1. Right-click Computer on the Start menu.

2. On the shortcut menu, choose Manage to start Computer Management.

3. In the left pane of the Computer Management window, select Disk Management under Storage.

As Figure 19-1 shows, Disk Management provides an overview of the storage devices configure within or attached to your computer. By default, Disk Management's main windows show the Volume list view in the upper panel and the Graphical view in the lower panel. The third view available but not displayed is the Disk List view.

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