17.5. Disk and Remote Management

Where there are files, there are disks. That is to say, all the files and programs we've talked about so far reside on disks. Disks are physical storage devices, and these disks also need to be managed. There are several aspects to disk management. One is concerned with getting disks ready to be able to store files and programs. Another deals with backing up your data. Yet another involves checking the health of disks and optimizing their performance. We'll look at these aspects in more detail.

17.5.1. Getting Disks Ready to Store Files and Programs

For a hard disk to be able to hold files and programs, it has to be partitioned and formatted. Partitioning is the process of creating logical divisions on a hard ...

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