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Chapter 12: Managing File Systems and Drives

In this chapter:

  • Managing the File Services Role
  • Adding Hard Disk Drives
  • Working with Basic and Dynamic Disks
  • Using Basic Disks and Partitions
  • Managing Existing Partitions and Drives



A hard disk drive is the most common storage device used on network workstations and servers. Users depend on hard disk drives to store their word-processing documents, spreadsheets, and other types of data. Drives are organized into file systems that users can access either locally or remotely.

Local file systems are installed on a user's computer and don't require remote network connections to access. The C drive available on most workstations and servers is an example of a local file system. You access the C drive using the file path C:\.

You access remote file systems, on the other hand, through a network connection to a remote resource. You can connect to a remote file system using the Map Network Drive feature of Windows Explorer.

Wherever disk resources are located, your job as a system administrator is to manage them. The tools and techniques you use to manage file systems and drives are discussed in this chapter. Chapter 13, "Administering Volume Sets and RAID Arrays," looks at volume sets and fault tolerance. Chapter 14, "Managing File Screening and Storage Reporting," tells you how to manage files and directories.

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