A hard drive will be completely successful only if it is allocated. Hard drive space allocation means making it ready for data storage purpose. On the hard drive space allocation process the size, label and the file system for data structure purpose will be given to that particular hard drive volume or partition. Different operating systems use different methodologies for allocating the unallocated space in the hard drive. Here a detailed procedure to allocate an unallocated hard drive is provided with the procedural steps.
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Windows is one of the operating systems that provides an option to allocate an unallocated hard drive space. In Windows, the disk management option is built for this purpose and several other purposes. Here the procedure to allocate the unallocated HDD space. Before that, we need to know about the allocation types. They are as follows
- Simple – Used commonly for creating new logical drives
- Stripped – Used for creating drives from by combining space from different volumes
- Spanned – This type of HDD space allocation distributes and stores the data in scattered mechanism in different drives to ensure security
Steps to allocate an unallocated hard drive:
- Open the disk management by using control panel option or by right clicking “My computer”
- In control panel the console will be under
System and Security >> Administrative tools >>Computer management >> Disk management
- If the operating system is Windows vista and password protected on proceeding will ask to type the password. Enter it
- After entering in to disk management we can see uneven blue and black colored strips over the HDD volumes
- The blue colored strip indicates space allocated HDD volumes and the black color indicates unallocated or unused space in the hard drive
- Right click on the unallocated space
- A list with possible doings will appear. In that select “New simple Volume”
- A window with the default size (total unallocated space) will be displayed in MB’s
- If necessary alter the size or else proceed with the default size
- Select the drive letter for the new volume from the available list
- Ensure formatting option is turned on
- Choose the file system if supported or else proceed with the default
- Hit finish to complete the allocation process and wait for it to complete
- Once completed the new volume will be ready to use
Extreme care should be taken for deploying strip type allocation because if any drive shrunk for space there are chances that the data inside that volume may lose unexpectedly. You should always be aware of how to recover data from portable hard drive without suffering any loss.