How to create an additional disk volume with Windows 11 “Disks and Volumes” Settings options

Windows 11 has new settings to manage the disks and volumes. They offer many possibilities and we are going to see how to create a new disk volume in this tutorial.

Create Volume

In a previous tutorial we saw how to shrink an existing volume to make some space. We are now going to see how to create a new volume using that free space.

The steps described in this tutorial shouldn’t damage your computer and its data as long as you do not reformat or delete an existing volume. Anyway be careful, be sure to understand what you are doing and do it at your own risks. If you are not familiar with the concepts of disks, partitions and volumes or feel unsure about reproducing these steps, ask someone with good computer skills to help you. As always, the author and the website decline any responsibilities about the consequences of trying to reproduce these steps.

First I opened the Windows 11 Settings and I went to the “System > Storage > Advanced storage settings > Disks & volumes” settings (you can see step by step how to do that in the previous tutorial). A single SSD disk was installed in this computer and it had 269 GB of unallocated free space.

Unallocated space
Unallocated space

I selected the “Unallocated space” and I clicked the “Create Volume” button.

Create Volume
Create Volume

I entered “Data” as the new volume name. The name itself is not too important because it is only a label but it can help you to quickly identify a volume so choose an explicit and meaningful name like “Data”, “Videos” or “Backups” for instance. I didn’t change the default drive letter E: assigned to the new volume (letter C: was already used by the system volume and letter D: by the DVD drive) but you can select any unused letter. I chose “NTFS” as the file system type. Older file systems like FAT32 are also available but you should use NTFS as it is more robust and effective except if you want to access the volume from devices or operating systems not compatible with NTFS volumes. I chose to use all the unallocated space for the volume size (276226 MB here) but I could have specified a lower size if I wanted to create additional volumes. Finally I clicked the “Format” button to create the new volume.

New volume options
New volume options

The new volume was formatted in less than a second and it was now appearing in the volume list.

Newly formatted Data E: volume
Newly formatted Data E: volume

I opened a Windows “File Explorer” to check that the new volume was now available

E: volume appearing in the Windows File Explorer
E: volume appearing in the Windows File Explorer

As you can see to create a new volume from some unallocated space is pretty straightforward using the new Windows 11 “Disks and Volumes” Settings options.

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