The Configuring Disk Partitions and VHDs module provides you with the instructions and devices to develop your hands-on skills in the following topics.

  • Managing disk partitions
  • Working with virtual hard disks

Exam Objectives

Two objectives are covered in this lab.

  • How to perform the following using Windows 10 Disk Management:
  • Create, delete, and format partitions
  • Mark partition as active
  • Setup a mirrored array using existing drive
  • Convert empty dynamic disk to basic disk
  • Demonstrate how to create VHDs using Disk Management

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 55 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Managing Disk Partitions

Disk partitions or disk volumes are logical segments on a physical hard disk. The operating system considers each partition as a separate entity as data like operating system support files and applications can be stored on different partitions.

Disk Management in Windows 10 is one of the Graphical User Interface (GUI) tool for manage disks and create partitions on the disks. The disk must have unallocated or free space to be able to create partitions or volumes.

In this exercise, you will learn to create, delete, and format disk partitions. You will mark one of the partitions as active. You will setup a mirrored array using an existing drive. Finally, you will convert an empty dynamic disk to basic disk using Disk Management.

Exercise 2 - Working with Virtual Hard Disks

A virtual hard disk (VHD) is like a container that can hold multiple files, folders, and volumes. It is portable and can be copied on a USB drive or in a network. VHD files have .vhd or .vhdx extension.

VHDs can likewise be associated with virtual machines which is a self-contained computer that runs any operating system. Virtual machines are managed by virtualization software like Hyper-V Manager.

In this exercise, you will learn to create virtual hard disks.

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