Managing physical disks and disk volumes

Windows Server 2019 requires a computer with at least one disk drive (that is, the C:\ drive). A disk drive can be connected via different bus types, such as IDE, SATA, SAS, or USB. Before you can utilize a disk in Windows, you need to initialize it and create volumes or partitions.

There are two partitioning schemes you can use: the older format of MBR, and the newer GPT. The MBR scheme, first introduced with the PC DOS 2 in 1983, had a number of restrictions. For example, the largest partition supported with MBR is just 2 TB. And creating more than four partitions required you to create an extended partition and create additional partitions inside the extended partition. The GPT scheme provides much larger ...

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