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Configuring Disks in Windows XP

Where to Start

Basic Storage Versus Dynamic Storage in Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 314343 - Microsoft Windows XP offers two types of disk storage: basic and dynamic.

Dynamic vs. Basic Storage in Windows 2000 and Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 175761 - In Windows 2000 and Windows XP, a new storage type has been defined and exposed in the new Logical Disk Management snap-in; previous versions of Windows NT used only basic storage 

Definition of System Partition and Boot Partition 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 314470 - The following are the commonly used names for the partitions that contain the Windows XP startup and operating system files, respectively: 

HOW TO: Use Disk Management to Configure Basic Disks 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 309000 - This step-by-step article describes how to use the Windows XP Disk Management snap-in to configure a basic disk and prepare it for use. This article also describes how to create and delete partitions, and how to format volumes with the FAT, 

HOW TO: Use Disk Management to Configure Dynamic Disks 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308424 -This step-by-step article describes how to use the Disk Management snap-in to configure dynamic disks. 

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HOW TO: Convert to Basic and Dynamic Disks in Windows XP Professional 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 309044 - This article describes how to convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk, and how to change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk by using the Disk Management snap-in in Windows XP Professional. 

HOW TO: Change Drive Letter Assignments in Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 307844 - This article describes how to assign, change, or remove drive letters on a drive, partition, or volume by using the Disk Management snap-in in Windows XP. 

How to Change the System/Boot Drive Letter in Windows 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 223188 - This article describes how to change the system or boot drive letter in Windows. For the most part, this is not recommended, especially if the drive letter is the same as when Windows was installed. The only time that you may want to do this is when the drive letters get changed without any user intervention. This may happen when you break a mirror volume or there is a drive configuration change. This should be a rare occurrence and you should change the drive letters back to match the initial installation. 

HOW TO: Change a GUID Partition Table Disk into a Master Boot Record Disk 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 282793 - This step-by-step article describes how to change a GUID partition table (GPT) disk into a master boot record (MBR) disk (64-bit only). 

HOW TO: Convert an IEEE 1394 Disk Drive to a Dynamic Disk Drive in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 299598 - This step-by-step article describes how to convert an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) 1394 (FireWire) disk drive to a dynamic disk drive. NOTE: Do not convert IEEE 1394 disk drives to dynamic disk drives if they are going to other hosts. The registry manipulation that this article describes must only be used for drives that remain with a single host.

HOW TO: Create a Boot Disk for an NTFS or FAT Partition with Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 305595 - This step-by-step article describes how to create a boot disk for Windows XP to access a drive with a faulty boot sequence on an Intel-processor-based computer. 

HOW TO: Create a Mirrored Volume in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 307880 - This step-by-step article describes how to create a mirrored volume on a remote Windows 2000 Server-based computer by using the Disk Management snap-in in Microsoft Windows XP.
You can use the Disk Management snap-in to create a mirrored volume from unallocated disk space on a dynamic disk, or mirror an existing simple volume on a dynamic disk

How to Enable Disk Quotas in Windows XP and Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 183322 - This article describes how to enable disk quotas in Windows. 

How to Enable 48-bit Logical Block Addressing Support for ATAPI Disk Drives in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 303013 - This article describes the Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA) support for ATA Packet Interface (ATAPI) disk drives that can enable the capacity of your hard disk to exceed the current 137 gigabyte (GB) limit.

How to Locate and Correct Disk Space Problems on NTFS Volumes in Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 315688 - The NTFS file system supports many volume- and file-level features that may cause free disk space to be either misreported or reported as lost. You may notice this behavior if an NTFS volume suddenly becomes very full, and you cannot finish 

HOW TO: Partition and Format a Hard Disk in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 313348 - This step-by-step article describes how to partition and format a hard disk with Windows XP. Before you can install an operating system, you must first create a primary partition on the first physical hard disk (Disk 0) on your computer, and then format a file system on that partition. This partition is named the System partition. Alternatively, you can create a separate partition for the operating system on any physical hard disk. This is named the Boot partition. The System partition on Disk 0 can also be used as a Boot partition.

How to Provide Event Logging for the Disk Defragmenter Utility with Windows Script Host  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 294743 - This article discusses how to provide event logging for the Disk Defragmenter (Defrag.exe) utility with Windows Script Host. This command-line Disk Defragmenter utility that is included with Microsoft Windows XP enables administrators and power users to schedule, and, if needed, to script their operations. 

How to Remove the Linux LILO Boot Manager 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 315224 - This article describes how to remove the Linux LILO boot manager from the master boot record (MBR). 

HOW TO: Use Windows XP to Create a RAID-5 Volume on a Remote Windows 2000 Computer  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 309043 - This article describes how to create a RAID-5 volume on a remote Windows 2000 Server-based computer by using the Disk Management snap-in in Microsoft Windows XP. 

Disk Quotas
HOW TO: Create Disk Quota Reports in Windows XP 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 307984 - This step-by-step article describes how to create disk quota reports in Windows XP. You can see the status of each user that saves files to a volume with the disk quota system, but there is no feature to create a report on this information 

How to Enable Disk Quotas in Windows XP and Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 183322 - This article describes how to enable disk quotas in Windows. 

HOW TO: Export and Import Disk Quota Settings to Other Volumes in Windows XP
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 308664 - After you set disk quotas and modify the disk quotas to make sure that users have sufficient disk space, you can export the settings so that they are available to import into other NTFS file system volumes.

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