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Last Updated On: 08/05/2004

Windows NT Disk Administrator

The Windows NT Disk Administrator is a graphical interface for managing disks. Disk Administrator allows the user to:

  • Create and delete partitions
  • Format and label volumes
  • Read status information (drive letter, volume labels, partition sizes, free space)
  • Make changes to drive letter assignments for hard drives and CDROM drives
Note: Windows NT uses “sticky” drive letters, which allow drives to be assigned any drive letter. However, Zip drive letter assignment may not be changed using the Disk Administrator.

Warning! Never reassign drive C: to a different drive letter, or the computer will not boot.

Using the Disk Administrator

  1. Click START | PROGRAMS | ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS | DISK ADMINISTRATOR to open the Windows NT Disk Administrator
  2. This displays the following screen

  3. Notice that the partition for drive C: is selected (surrounded by a black border). When a partition is selected, drive information is displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the Disk Administrator window. For example, drive C: is the active partition, 2012 MB in size, and of type FAT.
  4. Free space, indicated by diagonal lines, is unused space on the drive. In this particular example, the drive was FDISKed using a bootable DOS diskette. This resulted in 2 MB of unused space on the hard drive (which is usable by NT).