Windows 7: Format New Drive Partition

Posted on 14. Mar, 2011 by in Workstation

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In the previous document Installing Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit), during installation we created a partition for the C-drive, and we left a portion of disk space unallocated. Now that we have finished installing Windows we are going to format that disk space and create a new drive for storing documents.

Click on the Windows Start icon (bottom left) and Right Click on Computer. Select Manage from the menu.

On the left side,  click on Disk Management

Notice the black portion of the hard drive labeled Unallocated. Right Click anywhere on this region and select New Simple Volume.

The New Simple Volume Wizard is launched. Press Next to continue

Select how much of the available unallocated space to use for the new drive. In this case we will simply use all of it. Press Next.

Choose a drive letter. In this case we will use E. Press next.


Choose File system, block size and give the new volume a name. I always use NTFS (unless doing something weird that would require something else). It’s generally OK to leave the default for block size. There are many very technical pros and cons for choosing different block sizes, but the truth is that for most systems, especially workstations, this has very little real impact. That said, just for fun I am going to pick 64k, which is the largest block size. My argument for doing this is that I may want to use this drive to store large video files, and there may be some benefit to using a larger block size. Choose whatever you want and press Next.

Press Finish

Within a few seconds (or minutes) the drive is formatted, and will look like this:

To access your new drive click on Start and Computer, and you should see it listed like so



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