How much do you know about dynamic disks and have you got the best solution to partitioning dynamic disks? In this article, we would like to introduce the differences between basic disks and dynamic disks and effective way to manage dynamic disk volume well.
Basic disks and dynamic disks actually are two types of hard disk configurations in Windows, and the former is preferred by most common computer users. However, there are advanced users and professionals expecting to gain higher system performance and reliability adopting the latter.
To organize data in an efficient fashion, basic disks utilize primary partitions, extended partitions and logical partitions. In common term use, we often treat “partition” in basic disks and “volume” the same, so they can be used interchangeably. Basic disks support either four primary partitions or three primary partitions and one extended partition. Users are allowed to create multiple logical drives on extended partition (up to 128 logical drives). Being a separate entity, basic disk partition cannot share or split data with other partitions.
Dynamic disks can have up to 2000 dynamic volumes. Users are allowed to combine separate dynamic disk into a single volume, namely spanning, split data among several hard disk(called stripping) to optimize performance, or duplicate data among several hard disks(called mirroring) for higher reliability.
Since dynamic disks own much superiority over basic disks, many computer users have upgraded their disk to dynamic. At this time, dynamic disk management becomes a leading concern. Windows built-in disk manager has limited partitioning capacity, so an alternative is needed. Owing to the maturity of server partitioning technologies, we can now use server partition manager to get a dynamic disk well managed. Here, professional MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is highly recommended for users to do the trick. To let users have a better understanding, we would like to introduce how to extend partition for Server 2003 dynamic disk.
Users need to firstly perform software downloading and installation. Then, take the following steps:
1. Users need to launch the software to open its main interface.
2. In the main interface of the software, choose the dynamic disk volume to be managed from disk mapping area and click “Move/Resize Volume” from left action panel.
3. In this console, drag the black triangles on the partition handle leftwards or rightwards to resize volume. Also, users can directly input needed values to corresponding textboxes. After that, click “OK” button to return to main interface of the software.
4. Backing to main interface, users can preview that the chosen volume has been extended. If it is satisfying, users need to click “Apply” button to make final confirmation.
After all those operations are performed, users are successful to resize dynamic volume on Windows Server 2003. For more information, please reference the quick link here.