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Show your peers what you know about the Windows Diskpart command-line tool

Test your knowledge of the Windows Diskpart utility with this pop quiz. Can you score a passing grade?
The TechRepublic editorial staff are entertaining our guests at our annual TechRepublic Live Event, so we are republishing this pop quiz from the TR Dojo Blog.

Using the Disk Management console's graphical interface, you can initialize disks, create volumes, and format those volumes. But IT pros and power users who prefer the command line can perform these same tasks, and more, with the Diskpart utility. As a command-line tool, Diskpart commands can also be incorporated into scripts -- letting you automate disk management tasks.

To test your knowledge of the Diskpart utility, I've put together this short quiz. I'm using Windows 7 as the basis for this quiz.

Note: Unfortunately, our poll tool, which I use to create each pop quiz, doesn't let me indicate a correct answer after each question. To keep from giving away the answers before everyone has a chance to test his/her knowledge and ruining all the fun, I've published the answers on the second page of this blog post. I encourage everyone to answer all the questions before looking at the second page or using your favorite search engine to find the answers.

Answers are on the next page.

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11 comments
Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

list disk select disk "n" list partition select partition "n" inactive it's the non-destructive method of removing the active boot flag from secondary storage disks where it was set accidentally or by recommissioning old boot volumes to secondary storage disk management can't do it without first removing the partition .

ian
ian

The answers were quite logical. 10/10 and I've never used diskpart. Can't remember the last time I used fdisk

TomMerritt
TomMerritt

As Albert Einstein said, "I never memorize anything I can look up", but thanks for reminding (or informing) us that this tool exists. By the way, the answers to your quiz are available by typing HELP at the DISKPART command prompt.

tommy
tommy

I use the DOS command line for any number for reasons, mostly to do with network diagnostics and AD administration. I can't remember the last time I used FDisk though, and I wasn't even aware that there was a Windows Diskpart utility. I learn something new every day ;-)

ranger72
ranger72

Left click on T R Dojo Blog Link in Blue

DNSB
DNSB

You are not alone....

Dzmitry Z
Dzmitry Z

In the spirit of learning something new, could you tell us what utility you do use instead those two? Thanks.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

That is my mistake - it will be corrected momentarily.

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

start > run > diskmgmt.msc it's in the first paragraph of the article .

Dzmitry Z
Dzmitry Z

I took it as there was some other command line tool available.

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