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 new hard drive successfully installed is nothing more than a huge pile of sectors. CMOS sees the drive; it shows up in your autodetect screen and BIOS knows how to talk to the drive, but as far as an operating system is concerned, that drive is unreadable. Your operating system must organize that big pile of sectors so you can create two things: folders and files. This chapter covers that process.
After you’ve successfully installed a hard drive, you must perform ...