Articles tagged: disk partitions

Hard disk in motion with conceptual data

Should I Partition My Hard Disk?

Partitioning, or splitting a single physical hard drive into multiple drives, has pros and cons. I’ll look at those and make a recommendation.

Partitions

Tip of the Day: Leave Small Partitions Be

Disk Management interface

How Do I View the Contents of My Hidden D: Drive?

Partitions may be hidden for good reasons. Here’s how to peek inside.

Shrink Volume

How do I create a new partition on my hard drive?

Multiple partitions can be useful at times. I’ll show you how to create a new partition by “splitting” an existing C: partition.

Hard Disk Interior

How Do I Transfer My System to a Replacement Drive?

Transferring to a replacement drive needn’t be difficult. In fact, prepping for a transfer can be as simple as a side effect of backing up regularly.

Partitions A, B and free space

What’s a Dynamic Disk?

Chances are that you have a basic disk, and don’t need the functionality offered by dynamic disk support. Even if that functionality actually is kind of cool.

Copying Data

Can I Combine Two Drives into One?

You can put whatever you want on your new computer; it’s just a matter of transferring the data and organizing it!

Does Having Multiple Partitions Shorten My Hard Disk’s Life?

Hard drives get laid out in fairly complex ways. Second-guessing how your disk heads move as part of a decision whether to use multiple partitions is not really a practical way to save a hard drive from failure.

How do I backup multiple partitions?

How you backup partitions depends on your backup software. Most allow you to backup multiple partitions into a single backup image file, but more than likely, you get to choose.

How do I use an “unallocated space” partition in Windows 7?

Unallocated space as a hard disk partition is space that won’t be used. I’ll look at the two common ways to make unallocated space usable.