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Making a storage volume available for use in Windows

After you attach a storage volume to your machine, you will still have to let Windows know it's there. It will also have to be in a format that Windows recognises.

In the next steps, we will take you through how to do just that.

If you are on Linux, check out this instead - Making a storage volume available for use in Linux

We recommend you take a snapshot of your storage volume for backup purposes or to use as a baseline when you create another volume.

Step 1 - Making the Volume Available on Windows

Log in to your Windows machine using Remote Desktop. For more information, see Connecting to Your Windows Machine.

Step 2 - Start the Disk Management utility.

On the taskbar, open the context (right-click) menu for the Windows logo and choose Disk Management.
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Step 3 - Bring the volume online

In the lower pane, open the context (right-click) menu for the left panel for the disk for the EBS volume. Choose Online.
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If the storage volume matches the right format (usually NTFS for Windows machines) then that's all you have to do. It will show up as a new drive in the This PC app (e.g. D:) in the Start Menu.

Step 4 - Initialise the disk (Conditional)

When you create a brand new storage device, you'll probably need to initialise a disk before you can use it.

To do so, open the context (right-click) menu for the left panel for the disk and choose Initialise Disk. In the Initialise Disk dialog box, select a partition style and choose OK.

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Open the context (right-click) menu for the right panel for the disk and choose New Simple Volume.

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The disk will now appear as a new drive in the This PC app (e.g. D:) found in the Start Menu.

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