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Summary

This chapter covered a lot of territory, and although it may at first seem like a lot information to absorb, keep in mind that most of you will be using Windows XP on a desktop system and not a high-end workstation. In that case, using a single, basic disk and creating the partitions you want will be more than sufficient for your needs.

However, if you want to operate your computer more like a server computer or you use high-end workstations that do things like animation, then you may want to create larger disk volumes. Network administrators may want to provide some fault-tolerant disk systems, such as RAID-5 on the computer. As you have learned in this chapter, the Disk Management utility and the DISKPART commands enable you to configure and reconfigure, your system so that it fits your situation and hardware environment. If security is important, then you should use the NTFS file system, set permissions appropriately, and grant rights to users. Using FAT or FAT32 partitions will not offer you security from other users who log on locally to the computer.


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