How to Initialize New Disks


New disks, or drives, appear on your computer as uninitialized. Before you can use a new disk, you must initialize it. If you are logged onto your computer as an administrator, you can initialize new disks through the Control Panel.

  • Click "Start" and then click "Control Panel."

  • Type "disk management" into the search box and click the "Create and format hard disk partitions" link in the results. The Disk Management window opens.

  • Right-click the disk in need of initialization and click "Initialize Disk."

  • Click to select the disk you want to initialize.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you start Disk Management directly after adding a disk, the Initialize Disk Wizard will appear and allow you to initialize your disk this way.
  • If you are connected to a network, your network policy settings may prevent you from changing how your disk sizes are displayed.


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