Mount a Volume in XP

Before you start

Objectives: learn how to mount a Volume to a folder on existing partition in XP.

Prerequisites: no prerequisites.

Key terms: disk, folder, volume, mount, partition, ntfs, space, system, dynamic, point

Example Configuration

To mount a volume, we have to create a folder on existing partition. Next, we have to point it to the new partition. When we do that, the new partition is represented as a folder on our computer. Data is stored on the new storage space on our new volume, but it’s accessible by browsing the folder on the original drive. Both partitions have to be formatted with NTFS. The folder we’re mounting to needs to be empty, and it needs to be created on an NTFS partition. Let’s see an example. We will open Disk Management and have a look at our disks. In our case, we have three disks. Disk 0 is a Dynamic disk and we have created a volume on it. Disk 1 is Basic disk and it is our System disk. Disk 2 is Dynamic disk and is currently unallocated.

 Disks in Our System

Image 254.1 – Disks

We have created new folder on the E partition, which is called ‘Mount Point’ in this case.

 New Folder

Image 254.2 – New Folder

Let’s point our new folder to the Disk 2. To do that, in Disk Management right-click the unallocated space on Disk 2, select ‘New Volume’, and then click ‘Next’.

 Simple Volume

Image 254.3 – Simple Volume

We want to create ‘Simple’ volume, so let’s select it and click ‘Next.

 Disk and size selection

Image 254.4 – Disk Selection

Now we need to specify the amount of space that we want to use. In this case we will use all the space on the disk. Let’s click Next. Now, we need to select ‘Mount in the following NTFS folder:’.


Image 254.5 – Second Option Selected

Click ‘Browse’. We need to browse to the E partition, and then ‘Mounting Point’ folder.

 Folder Selected

Image 254.6 – Folder Selected

Click ‘OK’. The path is now entered.

 Path Assigned

Image 254.7 – Path Entered

Click ‘Next. We will select NTFS, and also quick formating.

 Formating with NTFS

Image 254.8 – Format With NTFS

Click ‘Next’, and click ‘Finish’. Now we have a new Volume. Notice that it does not have a drive letter. Notice that the default icon for our ‘Mounting Point’ folder has changed.

 Disk Status

Image 254.9 – Disk Status

Mount Point Folder

Image 254.10 – Mount Point Folder


For mounting we can use Basic disks and Volumes on Dynamic disks. All partitions must be formatted with NTFS. Multiple folders can reference the same target partition.