Learn Windows XP Professional: Windows XP's Disk Management Tools (Page 2) Page 2

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jun 17, 2002

If you want to directly open the Disk Management MMC, you can type diskmgmt.msc from the RUN box or from a command line. This will run the tool independently from the Computer Management MMC.

As you can see from the image above, we have a number of basic physical and logical drives on the system, as well as two CD-ROM drives (not shown in the above image).

If there were removable drives on this system, such as Jaz or ORB drives and the like, they would appear here as well. The removable drives, as well as the CD-ROM drives, will either show "no media" when they are empty (or some error is preventing them from seeing inserted media) or the file system of the installed media.

(When I inserted a CD-ROM in my DVD drive, the Disk Management MMC automatically detected the change, refreshed its view, and displayed the data. The Compact Disk File System (CDFS) is the file system of the inserted disk as displayed.)

When you select a drive in the upper window (which is currently set to the default Volume List View) by left clicking on it once, not only will it become highlighted (in blue), but it will also become shaded in the lower part of the window (which is currently set to the default Graphical List View).

You can change the appearance of both the top and bottom window views by selecting VIEW from the menu and then selecting whichever (or both) views you wish to change. Top and Bottom, along with Settings and Drive Paths are controlled here.

You can change the colors and wallpaper for volumes and disk regions by selecting VIEW and then SETTINGS. The APPEARANCE tab shows all of the current default colors for the available disk regions. Even disk regions that are not currently installed on the system are set with specific colors by default.

You can change how disk sizes are displayed on the SCALING tab. The default settings are shown below.

That's the five cent tour of the Disk Management MMC.

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