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dynamic disk

A hard disk that contains volumes (or drives) that span multiple hard disks. Dynamic disks, which are managed by Windows Disk Management tool, do not contain partitions or logical drives and cannot be accessed by DOS.

A proprietary disk partitioning structure used by Microsoft Windows 2000/XP. Dynamic disks can be created and deleted within the operating system without having to reboot. Dynamic disks cannot be accessed by other operating systems.

A dynamic disk is a physical disk that can contain dynamic volumes created with Storage Foundation for Windows. A dynamic volume organizes space on one or more physical disks by using a specific type of volume layout. The six types of dynamic volume layouts are simple, spanned, mirrored, striped, RAID-5, and mirrored striped (RAID 0+1). In Storage Foundation for Windows, the New Volume command groups the simple and spanned layouts together under the concatenated category.

On a dynamic disk, space is organized through volumes rather than partitions. Because a dynamic disk does not have the partitioning scheme used by Windows NT, Windows 95/98, and MS-DOS, dynamic disks cannot be accessed through those operating systems.

A dynamic disk is a physical disk that can contain dynamic volumes created with SFW. A dynamic volume organizes space on one or more physical disks by using a specific type of volume layout. The six types of dynamic volume layouts are simple, spanned, mirrored, striped, RAID-5, and mirrored striped (RAID 0+1). In SFW’s New Volume command, the simple and spanned layouts are grouped together under the concatenated category.

On a dynamic disk, space is organized through volumes rather than partitions. Because a dynamic disk does not have the partitioning scheme used by Windows NT, Windows 95/98, and MS-DOS, you cannot access dynamic disks through those operating systems.

See also Basic Disk.