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10 Steps To Initialize A New Hard Drive in Windows 8 And Format It Using NTFS

Healty Primary Partition Corsair Ssd_ll If you buy a new hard-drive you will first have to initialize it and create a partition on it. Using the built-in disk manager you can get this done in 10 steps

Open Disk Manager

1. Step First of all, hit CTRL +F on your keyboard to open the Search bar and enter “hard drive”. You will get a bunch of results when you click on Settings:

Create And Format Hard Disk Drives

2. Step Click on the option “Create and format hard disk” to open the Windows 8 disk manager that can be used to shrink partitions, create partitions, initialize drives and much more. In this example below you can see that Disk 0 has unallocated space. This disk hasn’t been initialized and you need to create a simple volume on it to get the computer to recognize it!

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Create Simple Volume

3. Step Right-click on the drive that you want to initialize and then click on Create simple volume

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4. Step Click Next

5. Step You will be asked to enter a volume size in MB. By default Windows 8 will try to allocate all disk space to this partition. It is recommended that you create multiple partition if you have a big hard drive that is larger than 1TB. In this example the hard drive is a SSD and has only 64GB of disk space. Hence, it does not make much sense to create a lot of partitions. Windows 8 alone will take up a couple GB of disk space and after installing a couple programs that disk will be filled in no time.

Tip: If you have a large disk do not allocate all space if you want to install a OS that does not support NTFS like Ubuntu (ext4)

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Assign Drive-Letter and Format Drive

6. Step You can now assign a new drive letter to this hard drive. Optionally, you can mount the drive onto a NTFS folder or do NOT assign a drive letter. It is HIGHLY recommended that you assign a drive letter or some programs might not work that depend on drive letters

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7. Step You can now format this hard drive using NTFS and enter a volume name (the name that will appear later in your Windows 8 explorer.exe) for this particular partition. You can use exFAT to partition this volume, but this is for advanced users only. Unfortunately, Windows built-in disk manager does not allow you to format using ext4 or ext3 because Windows 8 requires NTFS. However, later on you can format remaining disk space using ext4 for a Ubuntu partition.

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8. Step You may want to enable file and folder compression for the drive. This can dramatically de-crease the disk space being used by files stored on your drive. While this is considered a stable feature, I usually do not enable this to avoid problems, especially not on SSD drives

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9. Step Review your settings and click Finish

Healty Partition Should Be “Online” Now

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10. Step Finally, you should have a healthy primary partition and the drive is now “online” – you can now re-boot and install Windows 8 on it or whatever you want to do with this drive

If you’re still having problems initializing a new hard drive, feel free to ask a question at qa.windows7themes.net

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Published: Saturday, May 18th, 2013 Last Modified: May 18, 2013

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