When you install disks, you must configure them for use by choosing a partition style and a storage type to use. After you configure drives, you prepare them to store data by partitioning them and creating file systems in the partitions. Partitions are sections of physical drives that function as if they were separate units. This allows you to configure multiple logical disk units even if a system has only one physical drive and to apportion disks appropriately to meet the needs of your organization.
Using the Disk Management Tools
When you want to manage storage, the primary tool you use is Disk Management, as shown in Figure 19-3. Disk Management is a snap-in included in Computer Management and can be added to any custom MMC ...