RE: Jargon: Splitting hard disks?

Subject: RE: Jargon: Splitting hard disks?
From: "Ed Gregory" <ed -at- gregorynet -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 17:19:10 -0600

If the audience is a group that does hardware support, then they know what
partitioning is. This is very basic stuff for hardware people.

Semantics are important here. You are not splitting a hard drive. You most
certainly aren't creating a hard drive.

You are dividing the storage space available on the hard drive into two or
more partitions. (Like hanging a curtain across a room.) The end user and
the operating system might think there are two physical drives, which by
default are labelled c: and d:, but in reality there is one drive with two
partitions.

The nitty gritty details of the steps involved in partitioning vary
depending on which tool you use. A simple instruction like: "Create two
partitions, c: and d:, on the PC's hard drive."

Again, this is very basic stuff for hardware people and you could embarrass
yourself if you go astray or try to get too specific without knowing how
(what tool) they will use to partition the drive.

You might try searching the Web for tutorials on partitioning. Become
familiar with it, as your audience probably is.


-Ed Gregory

[Techies forgive me for being simple and not mentioning DOS versus non-DOS
partitions, primary partitions, active partitions, number of sectors per
partition, space allocations, etc.. If someone tells you to partition a
drive into C: and D:, you know they are active DOS partitions and that c: is
the primary partition. The only thing missing is how much of the drive's
space should go to each partition.]


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