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Chapter 26. Managing the Hard Disk > Hard Disk Management

Hard Disk Management

For many users and system administrators, intelligent hard disk management really forms the core of efficient system management. Until a new technology evolves to replace the hard disk, we’re stuck with the problems and limitations created by what is in a sense a crude system of motors, spinning platters, and very delicate parts such as read/write heads floating just microns above a flying surface that can be easily ruined by particles as small as those found in a puff of cigarette smoke. Perhaps some day hard disks will be relics of the past, bookends, like the 5MB drives I have on my bookshelf. (They make good doorstops, too.) Until that time, though, we’re stuck with the peculiar vagaries of hard disks. The good news is that high-capacity drives are cheap and plentiful these days.

No doubt, the vast majority of Windows XP users will never set up RAID arrays or multi-ple-booting arrangements or need to do any remote disk administration. Perhaps they will perform occasional disk cleanups and defragmenting as well as learn to share folders over a small network. These tasks are enough to get by with. Yet, with a bit more knowledge gleaned by reading through this chapter, you will learn how extensive Windows XP’s hard disk configuration capabilities are.


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