Windows Disk Management Demonstration. This video will look at how to use the logical disk management (LDM) utility included with Windows. Check out http://itfreetraining.com for more of our always free training videos. This tool allows physical disks to be used as well as combining multiple physical disks together.
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1) To start disk management, run "diskmgmt.msc". This can be done from the run box from the start menu. On Windows 8.1 this can be done by right clicking the start menu. This can also be accessed from computer management, however running it from computer management uses less screen real estate.
2) If you wish to make a volume smaller, right click the volume and select the option "Shrink Volume". The volume will be able to shrink if there is contiguous free space at the end of the volume. If there is not, the drive will need to be defragged first. This can be done by opening the properties for the drive, selecting the tools tab and then press the button "Optimize".
3) To create a new simple volume right click some free space and select the option "New Simple Volume" to start the wizard. In the wizard, you can select the size of the drive and a drive letter. If you do not want to assign a drive letter you can mount the volume to a folder or not assign anything and do this later. You can also decide how you want the drive formatted.
4) To extend a volume, right click the volume and select the option "Extend volume". If this option is not available there is most likely no free space after the volume.
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