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Windows Vista™ Administrator's Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek

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Using Basic and Dynamic Disks

That’s it, essentially, when it comes to the hows and whys of basic and dynamic disks. When it comes to using basic and dynamic disks, you’ll perform several related tasks, such as initializing new disks, setting a drive as active, or changing the drive type. Before performing these tasks, however, you should understand what the active, boot, system, and other drive designations mean.

Understanding the Active, Boot, System, and Other Drive Designations

Whether working with basic or dynamic disks, you should pay particular attention to five special types of drive sections.

  • Active. The active partition or volume is the drive section from which an x86-based computer starts. When the computer uses multiple operating systems, ...

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