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Windows® 7 Resource Kit by Tony Northrup Mitch Tulloch and Jerry Honeycutt

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Overview of Partitioning Disks

Before you can format disks into volumes that applications can access, you must partition them. Windows 7 provides flexible partitioning that you can change even after you have formatted a volume. However, it's still important to plan ahead when creating partitions for features such as BitLocker Drive Encryption, which has very specific partitioning requirements.

Note

If Windows discovers a problem with a volume, it might schedule ChkDsk to run the next time the computer starts. Large volumes, especially volumes bigger than a terabyte, can take a very long time to check—more than an hour. During this time, the computer will be offline. Therefore, when you plan the size of your partitions, consider the time required ...

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