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Using the Disk Management Snap-In

Disk management is handled by the Disk Management snap-in (although disk management can also be tackled from the command prompt as discussed later in the hour). The Disk Management snap-in can be opened in the Computer Management console or via the Server Manager. To open the Disk Management snap-in (in the Server Manager), click the Start button, point at Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager. Server Manager opens. To open the Disk Management snap-in, expand the Storage node (in the node tree) and then select the Disk Management node. The disks on your computer (and their current configurations) appear in the Details pane (see Figure 6.2).

Figure 6.2. The Disk Management snap-in provides access to the drives on the server.

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The Disk Management snap-in provides you with a great deal of information on each of the physical drives installed on your computer. The top portion of the Details pane (the middle of the Disk Management window) by default lists volumes or partitions that have been assigned a drive letter (including CD-ROMs). Additional information, such as the file system used on the partition or volume, the capacity and free space, and whether the volume or partition is part of a fault tolerance array (RAID), is also provided.

The bottom portion of the Details pane lists each physical drive, including any CD-ROM drives (this would include any CD-writeable or DVD drives on the system). This lower area of the Details pane is the easiest place to access commands related to drive management (by default the bottom pane is in the Graphical View). You can bring drives in the list online, initialize drives as MBR or GPT, change drives from basic to dynamic, and you can create and format partitions or volumes (depending on whether the disk is basic or dynamic).

Did you Know?

Physical drives are numbered starting with 0. A server configured with three hard drives would list drives 0, 1, and 2 in the Disk Management Details pane. Partitions begin with the number 1 and then number sequentially—2, 3, and so on.

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