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How do I tell where my hard drive partition is physically on the drive (i.e. beginning of the disk)? In Windows 7.

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  • Click Start button
  • Right click on Computer
  • Select Manage
  • Select Storage | Disk Management from the tree structure on the left

You'll then be shown all the physical drives and partitions with mapped drive letters and other info.

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No, because the actual physical media has 3(4) cylinders and it doesn't show that. – HeavyWave May 11 '10 at 10:18
"cylinders"? You mean platters? Yes that might be the case. But the storage is organized in rings (called cylinders): the outermost track on all the platters comprise the first cylinder; all the way to the innermost track on each platter. So the graphical display on Disk Management does show outermost to innermost allocation. (Not counting sectors which are hot-swapped in.) – Ken May 11 '10 at 11:14
@Ken, yes, that's what I meant. Good to know thanks. – HeavyWave May 13 '10 at 10:17

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