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Checklist: Adding a new disk

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Checklist: Adding a new disk


Step Reference

Review key concepts.

Disk Management overview; Best practices for Disk Management

Confirm that you are a member of the Backup Operators group or the Administrators group.

If you have access to the administrator account and password, it is a security best practice to log on as a user that is not a member of the Administrators group and run Disk Management by right-clicking the Computer Management snap-in icon, and then clicking Run as.

Default local groups; Why you should not run your computer as an administrator; Run a program with administrative credentials

Add the new disk.

Adding a disk

Create partitions or volumes.

Partition styles;Create a partition or logical drive

Format volumes on the disk.

Choosing a file system: NTFS, FAT, or FAT32;Format a basic volume;Format a dynamic volume

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