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File Systems and Disks

Within any PC-based operating system, the physical hard disks that are connected to the computer are divided into one or more partitions. To make use of each partition, it is formatted to contain a file system. Different operating systems can understand different file systems. The formatted partition is sometimes called a logical drive to contrast it with the physical hard disk. Microsoft operating systems have traditionally used a letter to represent each logical drive, whether that drive is local or on a network server.

Within Windows 2000, the partitioning of disks is controlled through the Disk Management snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console. This snap in is included in the pre-configured Computer Management MMC console (see Figure 5.1.1).


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