Formatting the New Volume

The Format Partition page, which follows the Assign Drive Letter Or Path page, gives you a chance to do just that but does not require that you do so . If you prefer to wait, you can always do the formatting later (right-click the volume's rectangle in the graphical pane of Disk Management, and choose Format from the shortcut menu.) Figure 25-2 illustrates the Format Partition page

Your choices are as follows:

• File System For hard disk volumes larger than 4 GB (4096 MB), your only options are NTFS (the default) and exFAT. If you are formatting removable media such as USB flash drives or a writable optical disc, other file systems are available. For more information, see "Choosing a File System" on page 905.

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Allocation Unit Size The allocation unit size (also known as the cluster size) is the smallest space that can be allocated to a file. The Default option, in which Windows 7 selects the appropriate cluster size based on volume size, is the best choice here.

Volume Label The volume label identifies the drive in Windows Explorer's Computer window. The default label text is New Volume. It's a good idea to give your new volume a name that describes its purpose.

New Simple Volume Wizard

To store data on this partition, you must format it first.

Choose whether you want to format this volume, and if so, what settings you want to use.

© Do not format this volume @ Format this volume with the following settings:

File system: [ NTFS ▼] Allocation unit size: [ Default ▼ ] Volume label: New Volume i^l Perform a quick format PI Enable file and folder compression

[ < Back ][ Next > ] [ Cancel ]

Figure 25-2 The Format Partition page lets you specify your new volume's file system, allocation unit size, and volume label.

Select Perform A Quick Format if you want Disk Management to skip the sometimes lengthy process of checking the disk media. Select Enable File And Folder Compression if you want all data on the new volume to use NTFS compression . (This option, which you can also apply later, is available only on NTFS volumes . For more information, see "Increase storage space with NTFS compression" on page 909.)

The wizard's final page gives you one more chance to review your specifications . You should actually take a moment to read this display before you click Finish.

After Disk Management has done its work and the disk formatting is complete, a dark blue bar appears over the new volume in the console's graphical pane:

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Basic 465.76 GB Online

If your disk still has unallocated space (as the disk in this example does), you can add another volume by right-clicking that part of the display and choosing New Simple Volume

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