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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?

Answers to our TR Dojo pop quiz on the Windows Diskpart utility:

1. Diskpart replaced which of the following MS-DOS-based disk management utilities?

  • fdrive
  • diskmanage
  • fdisk
  • diskm

2. Which of the following Diskpart commands can be used without selecting or setting the focus on a specific disk?

  • remove
  • list
  • assign
  • active

3. Which of the following Diskpart commands would you use to set the focus on or select a specific disk?

  • grab
  • focus
  • select
  • disk

4. Which of the following Diskpart commands would you use to obtain summary information about each disk in the computer?

  • info disk
  • list disk
  • display disk
  • show disk

5. Which of the following Diskpart commands would you use to obtain detailed information about the current in-focus disk?

  • detail disk
  • list disk /all
  • show disk /all
  • info disk

6. Which of the following Diskpart commands would you use to create a primary partition on the current in-focus drive?

  • create primary partition
  • create partition primary
  • make partition primary
  • make primary partition

7. Which of the following Diskpart commands would you use to create a simple volume on the specified disk?

  • create simple volume
  • create volume simple
  • make volume simple
  • make simple volume

8. Which of the following Diskpart commands would you use to mark the current in-focus partition as a valid system partition?

  • activate
  • active
  • validate
  • boot

9. Which of the following Diskpart commands would you use to assign a drive letter or mount point to the current in-focus volume?

  • ldrive
  • mount /add
  • assign
  • letter

10. Which of the following Diskpart commands would you use to remove a letter or mount point from the current in-focus partition?

  • delete
  • mount /remove
  • remove
  • ldrive /remove

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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.