To create a simple volume

Using the Windows interface

1.

Open Computer Management (Local) 

2.

In the console tree, click Disk Management.

Where?

Computer Management (Local) > Storage > Disk Management

3.

Right-click the unallocated space on the dynamic disk on which you want to create the simple volume, and then click New Volume.

4.

In the New Volume Wizard, click Next, click Simple, and then follow the instructions on your screen.

Note

To open Computer Management, click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure. 

You can create simple volumes on dynamic disks only.

You can extend a volume only if it does not have a file system or if it is formatted using the NTFS file system You cannot extend volumes formatted using FAT or FAT32 

You cannot extend a system volume or boot volume 

You can extend simple or extended volumes that are not system or boot volumes, as long as there is available disk space. This includes volumes created as dynamic volumes or created as basic volumes and then converted to dynamic on Windows XP Professional or .

You cannot extend striped volumes, mirrored volumes, or RAID-5 volumes 

If you upgraded from Windows 2000 to Windows XP Professional or , you cannot extend a simple or spanned volume that was originally created as a basic volume and converted to a dynamic volume on Windows 2000.

You can extend a simple volume onto additional dynamic disks to create a spanned volume Spanned volumes cannot be mirrored or striped.

If you extend a spanned volume, you cannot delete any portion of it without deleting the entire spanned volume.

Simple volumes are not fault tolerant 

Simple volumes can only be accessed by Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional, and . You should create basic volumes on basic disks if the computer also runs MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, or Windows XP Home Edition because these operating systems cannot access dynamic volumes 

Using a command line

1.

Open Command Prompt

2.

Type:

diskpart

3.

At the DISKPART prompt, type:

list disk

Make note of the disk number of the disk where you want to create a simple volume.

4.

At the DISKPART prompt, type:

create volume simple [size=n] [disk=n]

ValueDescription

list disk

Displays a list of disks and information about them, such as their size, amount of available free space, whether the disk is a basic or dynamic disk, and whether the disk uses the master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style. The disk marked with an asterisk (*) has focus.

create volume simple

Creates a simple volume After you create the volume, the focus automatically shifts to the new volume.

size=n

The size of the volume in megabytes (MB). If no size is given, the new volume takes up the remaining free space on the disk.

disk=n

The dynamic disk on which to create the volume. If no disk is given, the current disk is used.

Note

To open command prompt, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure. 

You can create simple volumes on dynamic disks only.

You can extend a volume only if it does not have a file system or if it is formatted using the NTFS file system You cannot extend volumes formatted using FAT or FAT32 

You cannot extend a system volume or boot volume 

You can extend simple or extended volumes that are not system or boot volumes, as long as there is available disk space. This includes volumes created as dynamic volumes or created as basic volumes and then converted to dynamic on Windows XP Professional or .

You cannot extend striped volumes, mirrored volumes, or RAID-5 volumes 

If you upgraded from Windows 2000 to Windows XP Professional or , you cannot extend a simple or spanned volume that was originally created as a basic volume and converted to a dynamic volume on Windows 2000.

You can extend a simple volume onto additional dynamic disks to create a spanned volume Spanned volumes cannot be mirrored or striped.

If you extend a spanned volume, you cannot delete any portion of it without deleting the entire spanned volume.

Simple volumes are not fault tolerant 

Simple volumes can only be accessed by Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional, and . You should create basic volumes on basic disks if the computer also runs MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, or Windows XP Home Edition because these operating systems cannot access dynamic volumes 

For more information about DiskPart, see Related Topics.

Related Topics

DiskPart

Delete a dynamic volume

Assign, change, or remove a drive letter

Format a dynamic volume

Create a mounted drive

Add a mirror to an existing simple volume

Extend a simple or spanned volume

Using simple volumes



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