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Adding a Volume and Creating Partitions in Windows

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Daniil Fedorov
August 4, 2021

This instruction helps to mount new volumes and create partitions on virtual servers with a Windows operating system.

After adding a volume in the control panel, you need to make it available to the operating system.

Connect to the server with superuser privileges. Go to the Server Manager. From the top menu, select "Tools" → "Computer Management".

Adding a Volume and Creating Partitions in Windows

 

Note: For Windows Server 2008 you need to open the Server Manager and select "Storage" → "Disk Management" from the vertical menu on the left.

In the left menu in the "Storage" directory, select "Disk Management" (1). In the bottom right pane you will see the added volume (Disk1) with an unallocated area (2) (In the example below unallocated area is 40 Gb).

Adding a Volume and Creating Partitions in Windows

Next, you need to make the added volume visible to the operating system. If the volume is in "Offline" state, right-click it beforehand and choose "Online" in the context menu.

Adding a Volume and Creating Partitions in Windows

In the Volume Management module, right-click the volume you want to initialize, and then select Initialize Disk.

Adding a Volume and Creating Partitions in Windows

Click OK in the dialog box that appears to accept the default partition style or change the partition style (GPT or MBR).

Note: MBR (Master Boot Record) and GPT (GUID Partition Table) are two different ways to store information about hard disc partitions. This information includes both information about how the drives work and which partition will be bootable for the system.

Adding a Volume and Creating Partitions in Windows

To create a simple volume, right-click on the unpartitioned area and select "New Simple Volume" in the appeared menu.

Adding a Volume and Creating Partitions in Windows

In the appeared Setup Wizard window, click "Next" and specify the volume size (you can accept the default and use the maximum value), then click "Next" again.

Adding a Volume and Creating Partitions in Windows

Assign a letter to the volume or accept the default, then click Next again.

Adding a Volume and Creating Partitions in Windows

Specify the file system you wish to use (usually NTFS) and then click on "Next" and "Finish".

Adding a Volume and Creating Partitions in Windows

The added volume will show up in the device list, with a marked area in the bottom pane.

Adding a Volume and Creating Partitions in Windows

In the Windows explorer you can also see the added drive, which size is 40 GB.

Adding a Volume and Creating Partitions in Windows

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