Running Disk Management

To run Disk Management, do any of the following:

• At a command prompt, type diskmgmt.msc .

• Right-click Computer and choose Manage. The Computer Management console appears. In the console tree (the left pane), select Disk Management.

• In Control Panel, choose System And Security. Then, under the heading Administrative Tools, choose Create And Format Hard Disk Partitions .

Figure 25-1 illustrates the Disk Management console .

Figure 25-1 illustrates the Disk Management console .

Disk Management provides a wealth of information about physical disks and the volumes, partitions, and logical drives in place on those disks. You can use this utility to perform the following disk-related tasks:

• Check the size, file system, status, and other properties of disks and volumes

• Create, format, and delete partitions, logical drives, and dynamic volumes

• Assign drive letters to hard disk volumes, removable disk drives, and optical drives

• Create mounted drives

• Convert basic disks to dynamic disks, and vice versa

• Create spanned and striped volumes ic

• Extend or shrink partitions

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232.88 GB NTFS Healthy (Primaiy Partition)

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Figure 25-1 Use the Disk Management console to gather information about and manage hard disks and removable disks.

The Disk Management display is in two panes . In its default arrangement, the upper pane lists each volume on your system and provides information about the volume's type, status, capacity, available free space, and so on . You can carry out commands on a volume by right-clicking in the first column of this pane (the column labeled Volume) and choosing from the shortcut menu

In the lower pane, each row represents one physical device. In the headings at the left of each row, you see the name by which the device is known to the operating system (Disk 0, Disk 1, and so on), along with its type, size, and status. To the right are rectangles representing the volumes of each device. Note that the rectangles are not drawn to scale .

Right-clicking a heading at the left in the lower pane provides a menu of commands pertinent to an entire storage device Right-clicking a volume rectangle provides a menu of actions applicable to that volume.

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