In this chapter, you will learn how to
• Explain the partitions available in Windows
• Discuss hard drive formatting options
• Partition and format hard drives
• Maintain and troubleshoot hard drives
From the standpoint of your PC, a freshly installed hard drive is nothing more than a huge pile of sectors. Sure, CMOS recognizes it as a drive—always a step in the right direction—but your operating system is clueless without more information. Your operating system must organize those sectors so you can use the drive to store data. This chapter covers that process.
NOTE This chapter uses the term “hard drive” as ...