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What is a basic example of going through the setup of a new disk (Initializing it, partitioning it, and formatting) it using powershell?

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Step 1: List the Disks Available to the System:

PS C:\> Enter-PSSession -ComputerName -Credential administrator
PS C:\> Get-Disk

Number Friendly Name                            OperationalStatus                    Total Size Partition Style
------ -------------                            -----------------                    ---------- ---------------
0      Red Hat VirtIO SCSI Disk Device          Online                                    20 GB MBR
1      Red Hat VirtIO SCSI Disk Device          Offline                                    2 GB RAW

Step 2: Initialize the Disk:

[]: PS C:\Users\Administrator\Documents> Initialize-Disk -Number 1

The disk will now show a Partition Style (GBP) when repeating Get-Disk:

1      Red Hat VirtIO SCSI Disk Device   Online    2 GB GPT

Step 3: Setup a Partition:

PS C:\> New-Partition -DiskNumber 1 -UseMaximumSize -AssignDriveLetter

Disk Number: 1

PartitionNumber  DriveLetter Offset        Size     Type
---------------  ----------- ------        ----     ----
2                D           33619968      1.97 GB  Basic

Step 4: Format the Volume:

PS C:\> Format-Volume -DriveLetter D

Are you sure you want to perform this action?
Warning, all data on the volume will be lost!
[Y] Yes  [A] Yes to All  [N] No  [L] No to All  [?] Help (default is "Y"): Y

DriveLetter       FileSystemLabel  FileSystem       DriveType        HealthStatus        SizeRemaining             Size
-----------       ---------------  ----------       ---------        ------------        -------------             ----
D                                  NTFS             Fixed            Healthy                   1.92 GB          1.97 GB

See the storage cmdlets to find out more with disk management using powershell.

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