How to Initialize an iSCSI Drive in Windows


When you add a new drive using the iSCSI Initiator in Windows 7 you will need to initialize, configure, and partition the new drive on your Windows 7 PC.

In this guide I will walk you through the steps necessary to get your new iSCSI drive initialized and ready for use.

Initialize the Disk

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1. Click to open the Start Menu and right-click Computer. Click Manage when the menu appears.

Optional: You can access the Management console by typing diskmgmt.msc in the Start Menu search box. When the item appears on the search results, click to open it.

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2. When the Computer Management window opens, click to expand Storage and then click Disk Management.

3. A pop-up (Initialize Disk) should appear prompting you to initialize the disk. Leave the default settings and click OK to bring the disk online.

Create a New Volume

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4. Right-click the new drive (list of drives on lower section of the window). Select New Simple Volume from the menu.

The New Simple Volume Wizard will open.

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5. Use the default settings and click Next until you complete the wizard.

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The next step of the process will automatically format the drive which can take anywhere from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the hard drive’s capacity.

Access the Hard Drive

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When formatting is complete you will be able to access your iSCSI hard drive as it were physically located on your computer.

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