Chapter 30. Managing Disks and Drives

The Windows 7 Disk-Management Toolkit

Running Disk Management

Managing Disks from the Command Prompt

Setting Up a New Hard Disk

Managing Existing Disks and Volumes

Working with Virtual Hard Disks

Working with Solid State Drives

WHEN you get right down to it, storage defines what you can and can’t do with Windows. A big hard disk (or two or three) makes it possible for you to download and store an enormous amount of digital music, photos, and video; record and preserve television shows; manage large-scale, data-intensive projects; and keep your entire collection of digital resources safely backed up.

Using today’s gigantic disks effectively, however, often entails partitioning them intelligently so that separate volumes ...

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