Dynamic disk 1130 1416 if you need to create a volume

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Dynamic Disk 11:30-14:16 If you need to create a volume in a Windows system that spans multiple partitions on multiple hard disk drives in that system, you can convert your basic disks into dynamic disks. This is done using one of two different utilities within Windows. You can do it using Disk Management, or, you can also use the Disk Part Command Line Utility to convert a basic disk into a dynamic disk. Now, if you do this, then remember that if you already have basic volumes created on your basic disks, they will also be all converted to dynamic volumes. This is important, because dynamic disks cannot be accessed by older versions of Windows. Dynamic disks provide a lot of features that basics don't have. First of all, you can create a volume that spans multiple dynamic disks. Whenever you create a volume from either one or more dynamic disks, you've created a dynamic volume. Remember, if you create a volume on a basic disk, you've created a basic volume. If you create a volume on a dynamic disk, then you've created a dynamic volume. For example, let's suppose we have two hard disk drives in the system, we have hard disk drive A over here, and a hard disk drive B over here. On hard disk A I created two partitions. This is my first primary partition, and this is my second primary partition. And I converted this disk to be a dynamic disk. On hard disk B, I also created two primary partitions, and I've converted this disk to be dynamic disk as well. I format this first partition within a file system, and that is now my C: drive. This is where my operating system files will be installed. For the remaining partitions, including the second partition on the first disk, as well as both partitions on the second disk, I can create a dynamic volume that consumes the space from all three of these partitions. Now in order to do this, a dynamic disk uses a hidden database. This hidden database tracks which partitions are assigned to which particular dynamic volume. That way we don't break our volume. There are a lot of advantages to using dynamic volumes as opposed to basic volumes. One of the key ones is the ability to increase the amount of available storage within a volume. If you've got basic volumes in a system and you're running out of disk space, your only option is to install a new hard disk drive in the system, create a partition on it, create a basic volume from that partition, and copy all of the data from the old basic volume to the new basic volume. This can be a painful process, and it takes a lot of time to complete. With dynamic volumes, the process of adding space is easy. All I have to do is install the new hard disk in the system and convert it to be a dynamic disk, create a partition on that new dynamic disk,and then allocate the space in that partition to the existing volume.
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