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In this lecture, we are going to be initializing a new hard disk, and creating a volume on that hard disk in Windows Server.

We already have the extra hard disk added to the server. It is a 2 GB hard drive. In a physical world, you can imagine we took a 2 GB hard drive and inserted it and connected it to the server. If it is a virtual machine you can imagine that we added the virtual hard disk file directly to the server.

Now, it is time to configure this new hard disk drive.

I am going to show you two ways of doing this, the easy quick way, and then there’s the more difficult way. Depending on the version of Windows Server you may need to choose one or the other. So, I want you to be aware of all of them.

On our server DE01 from Server Manager you see on the left side File and Storage Services, go ahead and click on it.

And, navigate to the Disks option.

From this option, we can make sure it is Online and we can create the Volume in three easy steps.

If the disk is Offline you can right-click the disk and select Bring Online. Click Yes on the warning message.

Then we right-click the disk and select Initialize and click No on the warning message and you are ready to manage the disk.

If you are on an older Windows Server there’s another way you can get around this. 

Let’s take the disk Offline by right-clicking the disk and choose to Take it Offline.

Now, click on the Start button and type cmd to launch Command Prompt. Click on the Command Prompt icon.

Type in Command Prompt diskpart (1) and press Enter. From the DISKPART> prompt type list disk (2) and press Enter. We will see the same output.

Disk 0 is our C:\ drive and Disk 1 is our 2 GB hard disk and is Offline.

What we are going to do in Command Prompt is type select disk 1 (1) and press Enter. After selecting disk 1 now type online disk (2) and press Enter. Now, type list disk (3) and press Enter to list the disks again.

Now we can see that this time Disk 1 is Online, and we can see the asterisk next to it meaning that is the active disk.

Next, we are going to type in attributes disk and press Enter.

We are just going to make sure that it is not Read-only.

If this said Read-only: yes we want to type attributes disk clear only and press Enter. Now we would be able to initialize it.

These steps are in case you can’t do it in Server Manager.

Now, click on the Windows Start icon and type diskmgmt.msc and click the application from the list.

Once the application launches we are prompted with a new window to initialize disks.

Choose GPT (GUID Partition Table) from the options and click OK.

Now we see that our Disk 1 is Online and it is a Basic Disk, however, it is an Unallocated space.

Right-click the Unallocated Hard Drive and choose New Simple Volume...

The New Simple Volume Wizard launches and we click Next.

Here we specify the Volume Size and we can choose the total size of 2014 MB and click Next.

Next, we need to Assign a Drive Letter or Path. Generally, you can put it to D:\ drive but can be taken already by your DVD Drive like in our case so we can make it anything you want like E:\ and click Next. 

At this point, we need to Format the Partition. We choose to use NTFS and give it a Label like Data Drive and click on Next.

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