Format hard drives
Published: August 21, 2012
Updated: November 27, 2013
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 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 drive is detected on the server, a health alert guides the user through the process of formatting it. The Add a New Hard Drive Wizard walks you through formatting the hard drive and enables you to configure the hard drive in one of the following ways:
Format the hard drive and automatically create a drive on it. If you choose this option, when the wizard is completed, one logical hard drive formatted with the NTFS file system is created.
Format the hard drive and set it up for Server Backup. If you choose this option, the Set Up Server Backup wizard is launched, and it walks you through the Server Backup configuration.
If a storage space doesn’t exist, use the new hard drive to create a storage space. You must have at least two hard drives to create a storage space.
If a storage space already exists, use the new hard drive to increase the capacity of a storage pool. This option is only displayed if there is an existing storage space created on the server. If you choose this option, the wizard will add this hard drive to the storage pool.