Configuring Disks and Drives
Depending on the disk type and status, you might also see the following designations:
A drive section with this designation is at risk of failing, and probably also has an
error status, such as Online (Errors). See the “Recovering Volumes” section,
later in this chapter, for details on how to resolve the problem.
A drive section that is designated as a primary partition. Although this designa-
tion isn’t usually displayed for fixed disks, you’ll see this designation on devices
with removable storage and on devices with removable media.
Installing and Initializing New Disks
With the dramatic increase in the quality and capacity of external disk drives, there
aren’t many good reasons to bother going inside your computer to install an internal
disk anymore. In fact, if you follow the tips and advice in Chapter 5 regarding USB
and FireWire devices, you can have an external hard disk up and running in five min-
utes or less.
With that said, if you want to install a disk inside your computer, you’ll also find tips
and advice for doing so in Chapter 5. When you are finished installing the disk inside
your computer and you turn your computer on, you need to log on and start Disk
Management. If the new disks have already been initialized with disk signatures by
the manufacturer, they should be brought online automatically if you select Rescan
Disks from the Action menu. If you are working with new disks that have not been
initialized with disk signatures by the manufacturer, Disk Management will start the
Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard as soon it detects the new disk.
In this case, you can use the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard to initialize the disk
by completing these steps:
1. Read the introductory text and then click Next.
2. On the Select Disks to Initialize page, the disk you added should be selected for
initialization automatically. If it isn’t, select it for initialization. Click Next.
3. On the Select Disks to Convert page, you’ll see a list that includes the new disk
as well as any nonsystem or boot disks that can be converted to dynamic disks. If
you want to convert the new disk or other disks from the basic disk type to the
dynamic disk type, select the disk or disks to convert and then click Next.
4. Review the actions that will be performed on each disk. If the options are cor-
rect, click Finish to allow Disk Management to perform the listed actions, which
can include initializing the new disk, converting the new disk, and converting