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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant by William Stanek

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Working with Basic and Dynamic Disks

Windows Server 2008 supports two types of disk configurations:

  • Basic. The standard disk type used in previous versions of Windows. Basic disks are divided into partitions and can be used with previous versions of Windows.

  • Dynamic. An enhanced disk type for Windows Server 2008 that you can update without having to restart the system (in most cases). Dynamic disks are divided into volumes and can be used only with Windows 2000 and later releases of Windows.

Note

You can’t use dynamic disks on portable computers or with removable media.

Using Basic and Dynamic Disks

When you convert to Windows Server 2008, disks with partitions are initialized as basic disks. When you install Windows Server 2008 on a new system with ...

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