Disk Manager in Windows® 7
What is the significance of Disk Manager in Windows 7?
The Windows 7 is the latest version of the very popular Windows range of Operating Systems from Microsoft and offers the latest functions and options to elevate every user’s computing experience. The Windows 7 Disk Manager is one such feature or tool that helps the users to manage the installed hard disks and other storage devices more effectively. The disk manager in Windows 7 supports different storage disk related functions like drive partitioning, resizing, deleting partitions, defragmenting hard drives etc. The disk manager utility in Windows 7 supports all major file systems like FAT and NTFS that are utilized by the Windows based operating systems. The FAT is a much older type of file system first used by early versions of Windows and is comparatively less efficient and more prone to drive errors. FAT32 and NTFS file systems are the two most popular file systems that are now being extensively used up by the Windows versions and is also supported by Windows 7. The NTFS is designed to support larger hard drives and offers better security options when compared with the FAT32 file system. The FAT32 file system is a late successor of the FAT file system and is found to be more efficient when installed on smaller capacity hard drives.
The following points discussed below will help the users to utilize the Disk Manager in Windows 7:
- Disk defragmenter
- Create and delete partitions
- Resizing partitions
The Disk Manager tool in Windows 7 allows the users to effectively manage various types of storage devices and hard drives attached to the system. The Disk manager in Windows 7 includes a disk defragmenter which allows the users to defragment the system hard drive and other storage devices that get fragmented due to gradual use. The users can first analyze the degree of fragmentation in different hard disk partitions and then continue with a defragmentation for optimizing disk performance. The disk defragment service also allows the users to set a schedule when the service automatically starts defragmenting the selected hard disk partitions.
Create and delete partitions
The Windows 7 Disk manager tool allows the users create and delete partitions on supported storage devices and hard drives. The Disk manager tool allows the users to convert unallocated space on system hard disk or storage devices to partitions with specific file systems. It also enables the users to assign drive letter and name for the newly created partition. In the same way the users can also delete existing partitions other than system partition by selecting the delete partition option in the Disk manager tool. The users should note that when a partition on a hard disk is deleted, all the data stored in that specific partition will be permanently deleted and this action cannot be undone using the tool.
Apart from creating and deleting partitions, the Disk manager in Windows 7 also provides the users with different options to resize existing partitions on supported storage devices. The users can utilize the resizing options in this tool for expanding and shrinking partitions. The 'Shrink' option in the Disk manager tool allows the users to reduce the size of the selected partition. The amount to which the disk can be reduced to depends on the free space on the selected partition. The users can also expand the size of partition by allocating unused space on the hard disk but these actions might sometimes cause disk errors and the users should utilize these options carefully so as to prevent data loss.
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