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How to create Striping with Parity (RAID-5) volume

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Almost all disk management functions can be performed using Disk Management MMC snap-in. Disk Management MMC snap-in is available as an extension to the Computer Management MMC snap-in. To open the Computer Management MMC snap-in, right click My Computer and select "Manage" from the context menu. Expand Storage node and select "Disk Management". If you want to open Disk Management MMC snap-in as standalone, type diskmgmt.msc inside the run dialog box and hit "Enter".

1) Right click the disk on which you want to create the new volume, and selet new volume from the context menu.

Disk management mmc snapin context menu new volume

2) In the "New Volume Wizard", click next to continue.

New Volume Wizard

3) To create a Striping with Parity (RAID-5) Volume, select RAID-5 radio button in "Select Volume Type" screen, as shown below. Click "Next" to continue.

Striping with parity RAID-5 new volume wizard select volume type

4) To create a Striping with Parity (RAID-5) volume, we require minimum 3 physical disks. The storage space taken from all the three disks will be the same and the space of one disk will be used for storing parity information. Select the disks and click "Next" to continue.

Striping with parity RAID-5 new volume wizard select disks

5) Select the drive letter to use or path in "Assign Drive letter or Path" screen. Here we have selected the Drive letter as "E". Click "Next" to continue.

New volume wizard assign drive letter or path

6) If you want to format the volume, you can do it in "Format Volume" screen. The options for formatting the volumes are also available in this screen. Click "Next" to continue.

New volume wizard format volume

7) Click "Finish" in the "Completing the New Volume Wizard" to create the volume and start formatting it.

Striping with parity RAID-5 completing the new volume wizard

8) New Striping with Parity (RAID-5) Volume volume is created and listed inside Disk Management MMC console as shown below.

New striping with parity RAID-5 volume created

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