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Viewing Drive Properties

You can access the detailed properties of any of the volumes on your server in the Disk Management window, in the Computer window (where the volumes are represented as drives with drive letters), or through Windows Explorer.

Open any of these tools (Disk Management, Computer, or Windows Explorer) and right-click a particular drive letter. Select Properties from the shortcut menu.

The Properties dialog box provides information such as the file system used on the volume, the free and used space, and the capacity of the volume (see Figure 6.15).

Figure 6.15. The Properties dialog box provides specific information on a selected volume.

The Properties dialog box also contains a number of tabs that give you access to drive tools, hardware information, disk quota settings (discussed in Hour 12), and local security options.

Did you Know?

Drive-sharing parameters are also found on the Properties dialog box (the Sharing tab), as is the Shadow Copy feature. Both of these features are discussed in Hour 12.

Let’s take a look at the Tools tab and the options it provides. Figure 6.16 shows the Tools tab.

Figure 6.16. The Tools tab provides access to drive utilities.

One of the options on the Tools tab of the Properties dialog box is Error-Checking, a utility that checks the volume for any errors. To start the process, click the Check Now button.

The Check Disk dialog box opens, providing two check box options:

You can select either option (or both) and then click Start. When the scan of the volume is complete, the Disk Check Complete dialog box appears. Click OK to close it.

The Tools tab also provides access to the Disk Defragmenter and the Backup utility. The following section discusses backups.

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