Affected Roles: Administrator, Owner
Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps: DW Spectrum® IPVMS
Complexity: Medium to High
Last Edit: July 15, 2021
After adding a hard drive to a DW Blackjack® computer, the new storage drive will need to be initialized and a new partition must be created before it can be utilized for storage by the DW Spectrum® Server.
This article will outline how to initialize and partition a new hard drive using a Windows operating system (OS).
**NOTE: For mounting a drive using an Ubuntu/Linux OS, please see Mounting A New Drive (Ubuntu/Linux).
After physically mounting the drive to the Windows computer, the new hard drive will need to be initialized and partitioned by the OS to create a partition for the DW Spectrum® Server to use as media storage. To do so, follow the directions below.
Before setting up the new hard drive, stop the DW Spectrum Media program from running. This will prevent the DW Spectrum® Server from trying to write to an unavailable drive.
To stop the DW Media Service:
After stopping the DW Media Service, the new hard drive will need to be initialized.
To initialize the new hard drive:
Windows will typically auto-populate with the Initialize Disk menu for a new HDD. If so, select the disk, then select GPT as the partition style. Click the OK button to initialize the new hard drive.
After initializing the drive, a storage partition must be created on the new hard drive.
To create a new partition:
To create a new partition, right-click on the Unallocated disk, then select New Simple Volume.
Click the Next button to begin.
Confirm that the Simple volume size in MB value is set to the same size as what appears for the Maximum disk space in MB value.
Click the Next button to continue.
Assign the next available drive letter to the volume.
Click Next to continue.
Name the Volume label as “DW Media”.
Enable the Perform a quick format setting, then click the OK button to continue.
Click the Finish button to complete the process.
Windows will then detect the new drive and display the new volume in the Disk Management menu.
After the new hard drive has been initialized and partitioned, the DW Media Service must be restarted on the Server before the DW Spectrum® Server program can write to the new drive.
To start the DW Media Service: