Learn Windows XP Professional in 15 Minutes a Week: Getting to Know the Disk Management Tools

by Jason Zandri

Welcome to this week's installment of Learn Windows XP Professional in 15 minutes a week, the eighth in this series. This article will cover Disk Management tools that are available in Windows XP Professional.

Jason Zandri's latest article in the Learning Windows XP Professional in 15 Minutes a Week series introduces the various Disk Management tools that are available in Windows XP Professional.

In Microsoft Windows XP Professional you can perform most disk administrative tasks, both local and remote, by using the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in tool called Disk Management.

A command-line tool that is also available in Windows XP Professional, DiskPart, allows the administrator to handle disk administrative tasks from a command prompt.

You can use both tools to convert disks as well as format current partitions and unallocated space. You can also check on the status of fixed and removable disks and their associated properties.

Disk Management

Normally, you will need to be a local administrator to perform most system configuration functions (even just taking a look at the current configuration settings) on a Windows XP Professional system, and in some cases, there may be a local policy set by some other administrator or, if your system is in a Domain, a Domain policy setting which may prevent you from performing some actions.

To open the Disk Management MMC, you can select Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage, which will open the Computer Management MMC. Under the Storage icon, click Disk Management to open the Disk Management MMC.

You can also type compmgmt.msc in the RUN box or from a command line to launch the Computer Management MMC.

[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - What your Start Menu options look like will depend on how you have the menu set. If you are using the Classic Start Menu, you would not see My Computer as a selection to right click on. Your options would be to click Start, select Administrative Tools and then select Computer Management. Not a whole lot different, but perhaps just enough to confuse you.

The Windows XP Professional exam rarely tests you on Classic anything. You need to know how to get from Windows XP Professional settings to Classic and back, but in 90% of the cases you're going to find instructions laid out in the Windows XP Professional vein. I will do my best to point out alternatives in the [NOTES FROM THE FIELD] section as I have done here.


This article was originally published on Jun 17, 2002
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