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Creating disk partitions

Deployment Solution

You can use Partition Disk option to create partitions on your disk. Before you install an OS using Deployment Solution, the drive must have partitions.

You access the Partition Disk task from Manage > Jobs and Tasks menu. In the Jobs and Tasks window, expand System Jobs and Tasks and right-click Deployment and Migration > New > Task option. In the Create New Task dialog box, access Deployment and Migration > Partition Disk.

The drive that you want to partition must not contain any previous partitions on it. If the drive was previously used and contains partitions, you can use the Erase Disk task to delete those partitions.

The partitions that you must create for BIOS based and UEFI/EFI based client computers are as follows:

BIOS

NTFS

Align must be set to 1MB

Mark as Active option must be selected

UEFI/EFI

EFI

Align must be set to 1MB

(optional) Mark as Active option must be selected

UEFI/EFI

MBR

Align must be set to 1MB

(optional) Mark as Active option must be selected

UEFI/EFI

NTFS

Align must not be set

Mark as Active option must not be selected

See Erasing a Disk

To create disk partitions

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, from the Manage menu select Jobs and tasks.

  2. On the right pane, right-click Jobs and tasks and select New > Task.

  3. On the Create new task page, select Partition Disk.

  4. Specify a name for the task on the first field.

  5. Click Add.

  6. On the Add Partition dialog box, select and enter the required information.

    Is Secondary disk

    Select this option if you want to partition the disk as a secondary disk.

    Disk Number

    Select the disk drive for which the partition is created.

    GPT Partitioning

    Select the type of partition from either of the following:

    • EFI

      In EFI-based GPT partition, the computer boots to the EFI partition.

    • MSR

    • The Microsoft reserved partition (MSR) is used for UEFI/GPT partition system and must be located before the partition on which you want to install the Windows operating system.

    If, you select the GPT partitioning option, then the Format, Partition, and the Size options are disabled.

    Format

    Select the format of the partition as Fat32, NTFS, and EXT.

    Partition

    Select the type of partition to create such as Extended, Logical, and Primary. By default, Primary is selected.

    Mark Partition as Active

    This option is selected automatically for Primary partitions. For Extended and Logical, this option is disabled. If there are more than one primary partitions, then only one partition can be active at a time.

    If you create a single NTFS partition for a BIOS-based computer then, you must select the Mark Partition as Active option. If you create the NTFS partition for UEFI/EFI based computer then you should not select this option.

    Size - Percent

    The size of the partition as a percentage of the total drive.

    Size - Fixed Size

    The size of the partition as a specific size.

    Align

    Lets you override the way in which the partitions are aligned when an individual partition or disk full of partitions is restored. By default it is set to 1MB. You must use this option only for creating a GPT partition.

    You must not select the Align option for the following:

    • Creating an operating system or data partition

    • For UEFI/EFI based computers with last partition as NTFS

    Is Secondary disk

    Select this option if you want to partition the disk as a secondary disk.

    Select the following settings if you select this option:

    • Disk Number

      Select the disk drive for which the partition is created.

    • Format

      Select the format of the partition as Fat32, NTFS, and EXT.

    • Partition

      Select the type of partition to create such as Extended, Logical, and Primary. By default, Extended is selected.

    • Mark Partition as Active

      This option is selected automatically for Primary partitions. For Extended and Logical, this option is disabled. If there are more than one primary partitions, then only one partition can be active at a time.

    Size - Percent

    The size of the partition as a percentage of the total drive.

    Size - Fixed Size

    The size of the partition as a specific size.

  7. Click OK

  8. On the Create New Task page, click OK.