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A+ Guide to Software 9th Edition

A+ Guide to Software (9th Edition)

Book Edition9th Edition
Author(s)Andrews, Dark
PublisherCengage Learning
SubjectComputer Science
Chapter 6, UNDERSTANDING THE BOOT PROCESS, Hands-On Project, Exercise 6-1
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Examine the System Partition Contents


Normally, you cannot see the contents of the system partition. However, if you first assign the partition a drive letter, you can view its contents. First, open the Folder Options applet in Control Panel and verify that system files and all file extensions are not hidden and can be viewed. Then open Disk Management and find out if the hard drive on which Windows is installed is using the MBR or GPT partitioning system.


Do the following if the hard drive is using the MBR system:


1. In Disk Management, right-click the System Reserved partition and click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Add and follow directions on screen to assign the partition a drive letter.


2. Open File Explorer or Windows Explorer and drill down into the new volume (see Figure 6-10). You should find

bootmgr in the root and BCD in the \Boot folder on the volume.



Figure 6-10 Assign a drive letter to the System Reserved partition so that you can view its contents

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