How to add and format a new storage drive in Windows

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Follow these steps to add and format a new storage drive in Windows.

  1. Select the Windows Start Icon
  2. In search, type diskmgmt, and select Disk Management
  3. In this example, let's assume Disk 1 has 400 GB Unallocated. Right-click in the 400 GB Unallocated area, and select New Simple Volume
  4. In the New Simple Volume Wizards, select Next
  5. Use the entire volume size and select Next
  6. Select a volume letter and select Next
  7. Keep the default format options and select Next
  8. Select Finish

The new storage drive will format. Once formatting has completed, the new storage drive will be available in Windows Explorer.



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