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Initializing a Windows Data Disk (Windows Server 2008)

Scenarios

This topic uses Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 64bit to describe how to initialize a data disk attached to a server running Windows.

The maximum disk capacity supported by MBR is 2 TB, and that supported by GPT is 18 EB. Therefore, use the GPT partition style if your disk capacity is greater than 2 TB. For details about disk partition styles, see Scenarios and Disk Partitions.

The method for initializing an EVS disk varies depending on the OS running on the server. This document is used for reference only. For the detailed operations and differences, see the product documents of the OSs running on the corresponding servers.

Prerequisites

  • You have logged in to the server.
    • For how to log in to an ECS, see the Elastic Cloud Server User Guide.
    • For how to log in to a BMS, see the Bare Metal Server User Guide.
  • A data disk has been attached to the server and has not been initialized.

Procedure

  1. On the desktop of the server, right-click Computer and choose Manage from the shortcut menu.

    The Server Manager window is displayed.

  2. In the navigation tree, choose Storage > Disk Management.

    The Disk Management window is displayed.

  3. Disks are listed in the right pane. If the added disk is in the offline state, online the disk.

    After making the disk online, right-click the disk status and choose Initialize Disk.

  4. In the Initialize Disk dialog box, select the target disk, click MBR (Master Boot Record), and click OK, as shown in Figure 1.

    Figure 1 Unallocated disk space

    The maximum disk capacity supported by MBR is 2 TB, and that supported by GPT is 18 EB. Currently, an EVS data disk supports up to 32 TB. Therefore, use the GPT partition style if your disk capacity is greater than 2 TB.

    If you change the disk partition style after the disk has been used, the original data on the disk will be cleared. Therefore, select a proper disk partition style when initializing the disk.

  5. Right-click at the unallocated disk space and choose New Simple Volume from the shortcut menu, as shown in Figure 2.

    Figure 2 Creating a simple volume

  6. On the displayed New Simple Volume Wizard window, click Next.

    Figure 3 New Simple Volume Wizard

  7. Specify the simple volume size as required (the default value is the maximum) and click Next.

    Figure 4 Specify Volume Size

  8. Assign the driver letter and click Next.

    Figure 5 Assigning Driver Letter or Path

  9. Select Format this volume with the following settings, set parameters based on the actual requirements, and select Perform a quick format. Then click Next.

    Figure 6 Format Partition
    Figure 7 Completing the partition creation

    The partition sizes supported by file systems vary. Therefore, you are advised to choose an appropriate file system based on your service requirements.

  10. Click Finish to complete the wizard. Wait for the initialization to complete. When the volume status changes to Healthy, the initialization has finished successfully, as shown in Figure 8.

    Figure 8 Disk initialization succeeded