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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Partitions and Volumes

In Windows Server 2008 the distinction between volumes and partitions is somewhat murky. When using Disk Management, a regular partition on a basic disk is called a simple volume, even though technically a simple volume requires that the disk be a dynamic disk.

As long as you use only simple volumes or partitions, you can easily convert between a basic disk (and partition) and a dynamic disk (and a volume). Once you use a feature that is supported only on dynamic disks, however, changing back to a basic disk will mean data loss. Any operation that would require conversion to a dynamic disk will give you fair warning, as shown in Figure 19-6.

Figure 19-6. Disk Management will warn you before any operation that would cause a ...

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