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Managing Disks

Disk Management is a system utility that lets you inspect and manage hard disks. You can use it to initialize a disk; create partitions; and format partitions with FAT, FAT32, or NTFS file systems on new hardware. Otherwise, use Disk Management to assess a disk’s health, assign drive letters, format, and perform related tasks.

To open Disk Management

1.
Choose Start > Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > Administrative Tools > Computer Management; then click Disk Management in the left pane (Figure 19.23).

Figure 19.23. Drive Management is a cog in the larger machine named Computer Management, which groups many tools described elsewhere in this book. Click a tool in the left pane’s console tree to open it.


or

In the Start menu, right-click My Computer; choose Manage; then click Disk Management in the left pane.

or

Choose Start > Run; type diskmgmt.msc and then press Enter.

2.
Right-click any disk or partition for a list of commands, or use the View menu to specify how disks are displayed.


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