I am running Windows Server 2003 with dynamic disks. And I heard that if we want to improve data transmission rates and disk performance, we can use striped volume. However, what’s striped volume? How to quickly and safely create a striped volume in Server 2003?
In general, there are two common ways (Windows built-in disk management tool and third-party software) to help users fix this problem. And striped volume is created by combining two unallocated spaces with the same size on two disks into one logical volume.
Users should right-click “My Computer” icon on the desktop, and then select “Manage” button. After that, click “Disk Management” to open its main interface like this.
In this window, right-click the unallocated space at first, and click “New Volume” button to get New Volume Wizard, and click “Next” button. After that, select “Striped” and click “Next”. And complete the remaining steps according to prompts. Although this method is not hard to master, a little mistake may cause data loss problems. Therefore, users had better turn to partition magic.
Users can find lots of partition magic on the internet. And most of them can work well to dynamic disk. Here, we take MiniTool Partition Wizard for example since this tool enjoys more than 10 million downloads.
First of all, users have to install it on computer according to prompts, and launch it. After that, they can see the following interface.
The above window is the main interface of the professional partition magic. At this time, choose any unallocated space on dynamic disk and click “Create Volume” from action panel or click “Create” from toolbar.
In the pop-up window, select “Striped” and click “Next” button.
After that, select disks users would like to use, and then click “Add”, and click “Next”.
In this interface, users are supposed to set some properties, including volume label, file system, drive letter and cluster size. After that, click “Finish” button to return to the main interface.
Finally, click “Apply” button on the left to execute all changes to computer. Thus, users are successful to create a striped volume in Server 2003.