Initialize New Disks

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

Backup Operator or Administrator is the minimum membership required.

To initialize new disks

  1. In Disk Management, right-click the disk you want to initialize, and then click Initialize Disk.

  2. In the Initialize Disk dialog box, select the disk(s) to initialize. You can select whether to use the master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style.


The disk is initialized as a basic disk.

Additional considerations

  • New disks appear as Not Initialized. Before you can use a disk, you must first initialize it. If you start Disk Management after adding a disk, the Initialize Disk Wizard appears so you can initialize the disk.