The hard disk is a magnetic disk used typically to record and store information, whenever we save data or install a program on a computer. The information stored in the hard disk does not get deleted when the computer is turned off. Disk partitioning is the process of dividing the hard disk data storage space into separate areas called partitions. Disk partitions will usually take place or get created the first time the hard disk is prepared for usage. After the disk has been divided into partitions, files and folders can be stored on each partition. There might be situations where the system administrator may be required to create new partitions, resize existing partitions and sometimes delete partitions as the need arises.
2 CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF WINDOW 7 OPERATING SYSTEM
Windows 7 is an operating system that was developed by Microsoft Corporation for computers (laptops, notebooks, home and business desktops PCs); it was released to the public 3 years after the release of Windows Vista operating system. Unlike Vista, Windows 7 is stable, faster and has more support for hardware. 2.1 MAIN FEATURES OF WINDOWS 7 OPERATING SYSTEM
Action Center – This is a central place where we can view alerts and take certain actions which can help sustain the smooth running of the operation system. Internet security setting, user account control (UAC), windows firewall, network access protection, windows updates, virus and spyware protection and maintenance are some controls found in the action center. Home Group - Home group has made it easier to connect different computer devices inside a home network and share resources like printer, images and media files. Biometric Framework - Windows 7 operating system has a biometric authentication framework that provides support for fingerprint biometric devices. Enhanced Taskbar – Ability to pin applications in the taskbar, and easily access recently opened files related to that applications. With the improved taskbar moving your mouse to the far right corner of the taskbar will clear all opened window see you can view your desktop at a glance. Other features include: Windows touch, internet explorer 8, Windows live essential and Windows search, desktop slide show and gadgets. Windows 7 operating system has improved functionality and high usability; it can be used by anyone without prior computer skills.
3 EVALUATION OF HARD DISK PARTITION PROCESS IN WINDOW 7
After the hard disk has been installed, it must be partitioned and formatted before Window 7 Operating system can use it. Hard disk Partitioning can be done during the installation of Window 7 Operating system or after installation, using disk management utility. 3.1 STEP TO PARTITION HARD DISK WHEN INSTALLING WINDOW 7
1.Insert the window 7 installation cd and boot from cd
2.Choose language and click install now
3.Review and accept user licensing agreement
4.Select installation type - because this is a fresh installation of Window 7, we need to click on custom (advance) 5.Choose where to install operating system - Highlight the unallocated space 6.Click “New” from the options given to create a new partition and enter the size of the new partition in the size box and click “Apply” 7.Partition created format and continue installation
Note - The setup program creates an additional partition of 100 MB on that drive. This partition will contain files needed to boot the system. 3.2 SPACE REQUIREMENT
Windows 7 requires 100 MB partition space to store system files
Window 7 provides a graphical user interface through which hard disk partitioning can be done. Hard disk partition in window 7 is very simple weather it is done during the installation process or using the disk management utility, anyone who can read will be able to create a partition on widow 7 very easily. 3.4 COMPATIBILITY
Windows 7 operating system has supports for two main,...