Partition of hard disk drive(hdd) in Windows® 7
Learn about hard disk drive (hdd). How can one create and format a hard disk drive in Windows 7?
The hard disk drive in Windows 7 is not always used as a single drive. It is often split into several drives and this process is accomplished by a process called partitioning. When the hard drive is partitioned it is used by the Operating System as an independent storage drive. A 120 GB hard drive could be partitioned into several drives. For example, if you want to use a separate hard disk drive partition so as to install an alternate operating system, then if the two systems require different formatting schemes then this configuration could accommodate that. The Programs and the data that exist on the third partition must be used by either Operating System whichever is active. Then with the help of boot loader on the C drive you could choose which Operating System would boot. The partitioning is usually accomplished with the fdisk command. You can also make use of some graphical tools like Partition Magic.
The following are some of the tips to create and format hard disk drive partition in Windows 7:
- Partition of hard disk drive by using Disk Management
- Use GParted Live
- Tip to be considered
Partition of hard disk drive by using Disk Management
You could create partition on hard disk drive by using Disk Management. For that you would have to choose the Disk management option from manage option under storage by double clicking Computer management in control panel. Then right click an unallocated region on your hard disk drive and then click on New Simple volume. After that click on next until you see Format partition dialog box. Click on next so as to format the volume with default settings.
Use GParted Live
The main purpose of GParted Live is to allow you to take a hard disk drive and modify the partition organization while preserving the partition contents. The GParted is a package which is used for creating, destroying, resizing, moving, checking and copying partitions, and the file systems on them. For the new Operating System it is useful for creating space, reorganizing disk usage and for disk imaging. It enables you to use all the features of the latest versions of GParted. The GParted Live could be installed on CD, USB, PXE server, and hard disk.
By formatting hard disk drive partition it would destroy the data on the partition. So, before you begin the format make sure that you have backup of all your important data. Also, keep in mind not to format a disk or partition which is currently in use. The quick formatting is a formatting option which can create a new file table and is faster than a normal format. The quick formatting fully erases the existing data.
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