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dynamic volume

In Storage Foundation for Windows, dynamic volumes are volumes created on dynamic disks. On a dynamic disk, storage is divided into dynamic volumes instead of partitions. A dynamic volume consists of a portion or portions of one or more physical disks and is organized in one of five volume layout types: concatenated, mirrored, striped, RAID-5, and mirrored striped (RAID 0+1). The size of a dynamic volume can be increased if the volume is formatted with NTFS and there is unallocated space on a dynamic disk within the dynamic disk group onto which the volume can be extended.

Dynamic volumes are volumes created on dynamic disks by using SFW. On a dynamic disk, storage is divided into dynamic volumes instead of partitions. A dynamic volume consists of a portion or portions of one or more physical disks and is organized in one of five volume layout types. SFW’s five types of dynamic volumes—concatenated, mirrored, striped, RAID-5, and mirrored striped (RAID 0+1)—are described in another section.

The size of a dynamic volume can be increased if the volume is formatted with NTFS and there is unallocated space on a dynamic disk within the dynamic disk group onto which the volume can be extended.

You can create any number of dynamic volumes in the unallocated space on a disk or create volumes that span two or more disks. Each volume on a disk can have a different file system, such as the file allocation table (FAT or FAT32) file system or the Microsoft Windows NT file system (NTFS).