Monday, June 25, 2012 11:54 PM
I'm back in school at 46, and not real clear on "dynamic volumes" yet. Can anyone help me with what the three types of dynamic volumes are that Windows 7 support?
Thanks, and much appreciated!!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:42 AM
Dynamic disks can contain a large number of dynamic volumes (approximately 2000) that function like the primary partitions used on basic disks. In some versions of Windows, you can combine separate dynamic hard disks into a single dynamic volume (called spanning), split data among several hard disks (called striping) for increased performance, or duplicate data among several hard disks (called mirroring) for increased reliability.
Dynamic disks provide features that basic disks do not, such as the ability to create volumes that span multiple disks (spanned and striped volumes) and the ability to create fault-tolerant volumes (mirrored and RAID-5 volumes). Like basic disks, dynamic disks can use the MBR or GPT partition styles on systems that support both. All volumes on dynamic disks are known as dynamic volumes. Dynamic disks offer greater flexibility for volume management because they use a database to track information about dynamic volumes on the disk and about other dynamic disks in the computer. Because each dynamic disk in a computer stores a replica of the dynamic disk database, for example, a corrupted dynamic disk database can repair one dynamic disk by using the database on another dynamic disk. The location of the database is determined by the partition style of the disk. On MBR partitions, the database is contained in the last 1 megabyte (MB) of the disk. On GPT partitions, the database is contained in a 1-MB reserved (hidden) partition.
- Marked As Answer by Leo HuangMicrosoft Contingent Staff, Moderator Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:03 AM
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:33 AMAwesome!!! Thanks Nate! That helped a lot! Very much appreciated!!