Setting Up a New Hard Disk | PC Supporter
Whether you’re installing Windows on a brand new hard disk or simply adding a new disk to an existing system, it’s a good idea to consider how you want to use the new storage space before you begin creating volumes. If your goal is to set up a large space for backup or media storage, for example, you might want to devote the entire disk to a single volume. On the other hand, if your plan is to establish two or more separate volumes—perhaps one for each family member on a shared home computer, for example—decide how many gigabytes you want to assign to each partition. You can change your mind later, but it’s easiest to adjust the number of volumes on a disk and their relative sizes before you’ve put a lot of data on the platter.
Installing Windows on a New Disk
When you run the Windows 7 Setup program on a computer with a single, raw hard disk, Setup presents you with a screen identifying the disk and its size. If you want to create a single volume encompassing the entire disk, click Next to proceed . Otherwise click Drive Options (Advanced) . On the screen that follows, you can use the Size control to specify how large a volume you want to create for your Windows installation:
If you decide not to use the entire disk for Windows, you can create additional volumes from within the Setup program. But there’s no particular need to do this. After you have installed Windows, you can use Disk Management to create one or more additional volumes in the unallocated space remaining on the disk.
Adding a New Disk to an Existing Windows Installation
In the graphical pane of Disk Management, a brand new hard disk, whether internal or external, appears like this:
To make this disk available for storage, you need to create one or more volumes, assign drive letters, label the volumes (if you don’t want them to be identified in Windows Explorer as simply “New Volume”), and format the new volumes. You can carry out all of these steps from within the New Simple Volume wizard.