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Windows® Small Business Server 2011 by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Managing Disks

There are two kinds of disks in Windows Small Business Server 2011: basic disks and dynamic disks. Basic disks are the conventional disks we’re used to. Dynamic disks were introduced in Windows 2000 Server and support additional management and agglomeration options.

Basic disks support two kinds of partitions: primary and extended. Extended partitions are deprecated in Windows Server 2008, though they can still be created from the command line using Diskpart.exe. And any existing disks you have with extended partitions will be recognized without a problem. If you need to create a disk with many different volumes on it (more than four), create the disk as a GPT disk rather than an MBR type.

Dynamic disks use volumes instead of partitions ...

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