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What actually is “unallocated space”?

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What actually is “unallocated space”?

  • Once again, here I am trying to wrap my head around some HDD and file system concepts.
  • When Windows displays a drive as having “unallocated space” and prompts for the drive to be initialized, what exactly does this mean – that the drive has no file system on it, or just that the file system isn’t recognized by Windows?
  • Is the concept of unallocated space a Windows one, or a hard drive one – in other words, is it possible for other operating systems to write to un allocated space? If so, does this mean that outside of Windows, a file system isn’t necessary to write to a hard drive?
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