Versions Compared


  • This line was added.
  • This line was removed.
  • Formatting was changed.
Comment: Published by Scroll Versions from space KNOW and version 8.0


To manage disks and drives/volumes. there are two tools, shipped with all editions of Windows, diskpart (command line) and Disk Management Console (GuiGUI). They are both equally capable. For the purposes of this article, we shall use the Disk Management Console.

To invoke, from the start menu select run, or in the "search programs and file" field, type diskmgmt.msc
For Windows 8: Press the 'Windows key', type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter.

The window is split into 2 parts, the upper concerns volumes and the lower disks.

To locate your missing device.
Scroll down the list of disks in the lower pane. Usually, the disk size is a good way to identify your missing disk.
Once you have located it, check that
1. It is Online. It may be Offline for various reasons such as a fault or a signature clash.

2. Does it have a partition table? If not, it will be labeled "Not initialized". To create a partition table, right click on the left column, and select initialize disk.
Image Removed
Image Added

3. Does it contain any partitions? If not, the disk view will show the whole space as unallocated. You can create one by right clicking on the disk view and selecting "New Simple Volume".
Image Removed
Image Added

4. Do the partitions contain valid filesystems. If not, they will be marked RAW. To resolve, right click and chose format.

5. Do the partitions have assigned drive letters? If not, they still wont be visible in windows explorer. To resolve, right click and Select "Change Drive Letter and paths". Once you have assigned a drive letter, it will become visible in windows explorer.
Note: There are one (or 2 in the case of EFI booting systems) small partitions (~100MB) on a windows 7 and later system disk. Do not assign drive letter to these partitions.
Image Removed
You will now be able to see this volume in windows explorer as drive G:
Image Removed
Image Added