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Using Disk Management, determine same disk drive, or partitioned disk drive.

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Using the 'Disk Management' from right clicking on my computer, and selecting manage, how do you determine what is a partition, and what is a seperate disk without physically looking inside the machine?

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Ryan
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Lee W, MVP earned 2000 total points
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Very simple - take this graphic for example:
http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/books/sampchap/6112/0735617678-03.gif

In the bottom right third of the image, you see four disks - Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2, CDROM 0 - Those are the physical drives as reported by the hardware.  The partitions are the "blocks" labeled C and E in the first disk, G, H, G (not sure how they got two of the same letter on the same disk) and unallocated.
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Thank you very much.  That explains it perfectly!

-Ryan
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