Repartition a hard drive on the server
Published: August 21, 2012
Updated: October 4, 2012
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials
This topic applies to a server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials or Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, or to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role installed.
When an unformatted internal hard disk drive is detected on the Windows Server Essentials server, a health alert is raised that contains a link to the Add a New Hard Drive wizard. The Add a New Hard Drive wizard walks you through the various options for formatting the hard drive. When the wizard is finished, one or more, depending on the size of the drive, logical hard drives formatted will be created on the hard drive and formatted as NTFS.
If it becomes necessary to repartition a hard disk drive, follow these instructions:
On the Start screen, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
In Computer Management, click Storage, and then double-click Disk Management.
Right-click the drive that you want to repartition, click Delete Volume, and then click Yes.
Note Repeat this step for each partition on the hard disk drive.
Right-click the Unallocated hard disk drive, and then click New Simple Volume.
In the New Simple Volume Wizard, create and format a volume that is 16 TB (16,000,000 MB) or less.
Note Repeat this step until all unallocated space on the hard disk drive is used.