How to Partition an Uninitialized and Unallocated Drive

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Generally when hard drives are sold they are fully wiped and therefore their storage space is not instantly available when the drive is attached to a PC this is because the drive is unallocated with no partitions therefore it must be initialised and partitioned before use.

The process can be complex so before you buy any hard drive please make sure you are happy and proficient enough to undertake the task, drive shipped in an uninitialized state appear to not work but they do and therefore returns may not be able to be processed. If in doubt DO NOT BUY.

There are a number of methods for doing this:
  • Use Windows built in disk management (see below).
  • Use a third party tool such as MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition, Paragon Partition Manager Free Edition or EaseUS Partition Master Free, they are easy to find with a quick search on Google.
  • Use a boot CD such as Hiren's BootCD or Parted Magic (look for version 2013.08.01 which is the last free on), both of these tools are easy to find via a Google search.

PLEASE NOTE: Make sure you know what you are doing as if done incorrectly any procedure could wipe files and/or remove data, only undertake any procedure AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Windows built in disk management

  1. Install disk in your PC and boot up.
  2. Once at the desktop open the Start Menu, in the search line, type "Disk Management" and press Enter or right click on "My Computer" on the desktop and click "Manage".
  3. In the list on the right select "Disk Management" shown in figure 1.
  4. The disks will then load in the window on the bottom right.
  5. On the left of the unallocated drive (shown in black) where it says "Disk <disk number>" right click and select initialize shown in figure 2.
  6. Now right click the unallocated space and click create a "New Simple Volume" shown in figure 3.
  7. Follow the on screen wizard by clicking Next.
  8. Specify your volume size, default is fine, and click Next.
  9. Assign a drive letter (again defaults are fine) to the drive and click Next.
  10. Select "Format this volume..." and name the volume, default settings are fine.
  11. Now click Finish and you are done.
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